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Europe finds it hard to trust an unpredictable Trump

Nato's pledge to boost defence may also be due to growing doubts on American reliability

To listen to the chorus of criticism against US President Donald Trump, his Europe trip has undermined ties with allies across the Atlantic, left a bad taste in Britain and handed Russia's strongman Vladimir Putin a champagne-and-caviar moment.

Mr Trump returned home to a political tornado for failing to hold Mr Putin accountable for Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.The backlash saw him backtrack on his comments.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2018, with the headline 'Europe finds it hard to trust an unpredictable Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe