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Where Trump could take US diplomacy

Japan might want to play its cards in the Rust Belt rather than in Russia

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President Donald Trump's electoral victory depended heavily on workers in the auto, steel and coal industries, as well as owners of small businesses.   © Reuters

A month before the 2016 presidential election, few serious analysts believed that Donald Trump could possibly win. A week or even a day before the election, this consensus had not changed. The certainty of these analysts lay in the "Blue Wall" of states that had voted consistently Democratic in presidential races for more than two decades. Trump would have to breach the Blue Wall, they all agreed, to have any chance of success.

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