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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis strives to be a reassuring voice to allies in a chaotic time

June 10, 2018 GMT

By Staff

BRUSSELS, Belgium – As President Trump feuded with some of America’s closest allies last week and talked about inviting one of their great rivals, Russia, back into an exclusive economic club, Jim Mattis was here sounding a very different note.

Standing at a lectern inside NATO’s gleaming new headquarters — marked by reminders of the transatlantic alliance’s powerful history — Trump’s defense secretary declared that “the American people remain committed to this alliance, and we look forward to working together.”

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