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THE BOB FRANKEN COLUMN

By Bob Franken

Now that President Donald Trump has totally alienated the leaders of the traditional U.S. allies before escaping from Canada, it's easy to see what he hopes to gain from that experience when he sat down with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. North Korea could give him some pointers on how the United States will exist as another pariah nation.

No, we're not one yet, but the other G- 7 heads of state could barely hide their disgust and were talking openly about becoming the G-6 now that Trump is blasting the Old World Order of trade agreements and so many geopolitical arrangements, turning things into the New World Disorder. The group used to be the G-8, but the other members tossed out Russia in 2014 over Vladimir Putin's decision to take over Crimea. Now the president has added another layer to the antagonism, by pushing to have Russia readmitted. First Vlad, then China's Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and now Kim. I'm hardly the first one to wonder why the leader of the free world, meaning POTUS, seems to get along with those who rigidly rule their unfree countries while picking fights nonstop with those who govern countries with a tradition of democracy.

 

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