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The words seem a bit hollow these days, as President Trump escalates his attacks on America's traditional European partners.Europeans were dazed and in denial during the first year of Trump's presidency, but they're now talking about ways to fight back. Trump is scheduled to attend, but his possible meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, before or after, may overshadow the NATO session. And Trump may use the Brussels gathering to lecture Europeans anew, widening the fissure.Trump's pique at Europe has been evident since the first days of his presidency.A special Trump target has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leads Europe's strongest economy. Mark Leonard, who heads the European Council on Foreign Relations, argued that Europe should stop "appeasement" of Trump and focus on its own security interests.It took seven decades to build this structure, but the wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is assaulting it, piece by piece.
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