How to understand Trump's Euro tour

Amy Pope separates rhetoric from reality after president’s Nato slap-down

The World Today
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Amy Pope

Former Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme

Donald Trump’s recent visit to Europe left the United States’ allies shaking their heads in confusion and America’s adversaries rubbing their hands in glee.

Despite the shocking rhetorical repudiation of US national interest in favour of his own personal agenda, the president cannot alone undermine America’s deep relationship with Europe.

His performance certainly eroded confidence in US leadership. Yet the rest of the US government remains largely focused on cementing the alliances needed to weather an evolving range of threats − particularly the one posed by Russia.

Furthermore, if there is a clearing in the storm of the past few weeks, it is the realization that the rest of Nato can move forwards even with a demonstrably unreliable ally in Washington.

In a globalized world, the US needs Nato

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