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Donald Trump has confounded his NATO partners and is now on his way to make nice with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The U.S. president’s many critics call him a dictator lover who is deliberately trying to upend the post-1945 world order. But a simpler explanation is that he is doing what he promised: reconfiguring that world order so America gets more benefit. Trump went through the Brussels NATO summit this week like a one-man wrecking crew. He demanded, insulted

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Trump has a point about NATO reliance on Russia

By Thomas Walkom      

European members of NATO call Russia a threat, while their businesses work on a pipeline to ease the flow of natural gas from Russia to Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a photo during the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. European companies are currently working with a Russian state enterprise to build a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, the Nord Stream 2. Photograph by Shealah Craighead, courtesy of the White House
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