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Trump's (r) "never forsake the friends" fell short of explicit pledge on Article 5 (Photo: nato.int)

Trump lukewarm on Nato joint defence

US leader Donald Trump voiced half-hearted support for Nato and reprimanded allies over what he called unpaid debts in his big speech in Brussels on Thursday (25 May).

“We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side”, he said by reference to Nato support for the US after 9/11.

His words fell short of an explicit commitment to Article 5 of the Nato treaty, which says that allies, including the US, would defend each other if one of them was attacked.

Most of his sp...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Trump's (r) "never forsake the friends" fell short of explicit pledge on Article 5 (Photo: nato.int)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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