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The European campaign to charm and disarm Trump

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G7 summit last year. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images

Watch for European leaders to make moves to — hopefully, in their minds — charm and disarm Trump during his consequential visits to the NATO summit and to the United Kingdom for his first visit there. 

Another storyline: German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned several times last week that German defense spending levels need to go up. Watch for her to make a good faith statement at NATO along similar lines.