Trump’s Divide and Conquer

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US President Donald Trump used his visit to Poland, where he received a warm welcome, to score points against Germany before he takes part in the G20 summit in Hamburg.

But in a major address in Warsaw, he also criticized Russia for its “destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere” and specifically reaffirmed US commitment to NATO’s Article 5, which obliges the allies to respond to an armed attack on any member.

Mr. Trump’s harsher tone against Russia comes after last month’s move by the US Senate to toughen sanctions on Russia and to include any companies that provide goods or services to support Russian “energy export pipelines.”

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