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President Donald Trump's dismissive treatment of Europe is beginning to erode the trans-Atlantic alliance, which for many decades has been the central pillar of U.S. national security policy.The growing European-American rift may be the most important but least discussed consequence of Trump's foreign policy. Many European leaders have stopped being polite about Trump. After a year and a half of intermittent skirmishes, they've started firing back – describing Trump as a danger to Europe's security interests and moving toward an open break with Washington on Iran and other key issues.The Europeans will take an important symbolic step away from the U.S. next week when representatives of Germany, France and Britain join Russia and China in a meeting of the joint commission that oversees the Iran nuclear agreement.The U.S.-European confrontation will deepen if Washington, as expected, imposes secondary sanctions against European companies that do business with Iran.Trump is so unpopular in Europe that defying him carries little political risk.Trump has often said that "America First" doesn't mean "America alone".
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