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What’s at stake as Trump embarks on a European trip that includes face time with the Queen of England and Russian President Vladimir Putin

“NATO was developed as a self-defense alliance, established by people who had gone through World War II and had seen in the 1930s and ’40s how nationalism and extremism led to fascism,” Jim Townsend, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for NATO and Europe and a senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security think tank, told the Daily News. “One of the main goals was to hold back aggressive Soviet expansion. Over time NATO developed into this major force for stability and unity in the west. That is being undermined.”

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