"The analysis was done because Donald Trump previously expressed a totally different take on security and America's role in the world, which would become more self-contained, more introverted," Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told Expressen.
According to the analysis, Donald Trump's presidency is expected to offer fewer cooperation opportunities in all areas, such as the battle against terrorism, security, defense, climate, energy, development and last but not least even handling the migrant crisis.
"With Trump as president, Swedish policy will be limited to a defensive agenda rather than development," the secret analysis by the Foreign Ministry said.
The secret document called "Analysis and Action Plan: Sweden's Cooperation with the US After the Elections on Nov. 8, 2016" was compiled shortly before the US presidential election and was initially only distributed to PM Stefan Löfven, state secretary Hans Dahlgren, as well as Green Party spokespersons Gustav Fridolin and Isabella Lövin. Today, it is well-known in the Swedish government headquarters in Rosenbad.
In addition to finding that conditions for cooperation between Sweden and the US deteriorated considerably, the action plan also provided Stefan Löfven with practical advice on how he should act during the "transition period" until Trump gets sworn in on January 20 next year.
"A US under a Trump administration is not likely to be a global player with an agenda similar to ours [Swedish]. Nevertheless, the US remains an important partner," the action plan said.
Additionally, Trump's threats to throttle US military support to NATO member states and non-aligned states on the US bandwagon have re-kindled Sweden's chronic fears of a Russian "invasion," provoking polarized reactions in the Swedish establishment. Whereas Conservative MEP Gunnar Hökmark called for an urgent 35 billion SEK (roughly $4bln) allocation to boost Sweden's defense against Russia and Conservative defense spokesman Hans Wallmark openly advocated for Sweden's NATO membership, newspaper Folkbladet's columnist Jonas Bergström urged his country to stick to its time-tested non-alignment policy, which for decades allowed neutral Sweden to be an important voice for peace and disarmament. According to Bergström, throwing away 200 years of successful security policy in order to join an alliance with Trump and 'semi-dictator' Erdogan will not make Sweden safer.