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Nato allies shell-shocked after blasts from Trump

They're left feeling like props in bid to portray US President as triumphant on global stage

US President Donald Trump's erratic behaviour in Brussels has left the Europeans reeling; he arrived at the summit dismissing Nato members as "delinquent", and he appeared to be shifting the goalposts as well.
US President Donald Trump's erratic behaviour in Brussels has left the Europeans reeling; he arrived at the summit dismissing Nato members as "delinquent", and he appeared to be shifting the goalposts as well.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), the US-led military alliance in Europe, claim that their security bonds remain as strong as ever, after their summit this week.

Despite a noisy meeting at which US President Donald Trump sharply criticised Nato's European member states for not paying their fair share of the military expenses, the fact remains that the final communique released at the end of the meeting reiterates America's defence commitment to the European continent. "We continue to respond to the deteriorated security environment by enhancing our deterrence and defence posture," pledged the leaders of the 29 member states.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'Nato allies shell-shocked after blasts from Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe