this is afp, but i found it via lisa’s tweets

Trump is making quite the impression in Europe. ‘Putin will be thrilled.’
AFP, May 26 2017

RTX37R46Trump turns away from Tusk, May, Macron, Abe and Juncker.
(Photo: Stephane De Sakutin/ Reuters)

Pres Trump’s performance at a “shocking” NATO summit has dealt a major blow to the alliance and may hand a win to Pres Putin, analysts say. Whether shoving aside Montenegro’s PM or having handshake wars with France’s new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to be a diplomatic showpiece. But optics aside, Trump failed to publicly endorse NATO’s founding mutual defence guarantee and instead castigated the allies for failing to pay their way. The contrast with an upbeat mid-east visit, including a trip chez Toads in which he did big deals with no mention of human rights concerns, was striking. Ian Lesser of the German Marshall Fund think-tank in Brussels told AFP the failure to explicitly back the Article Five defence pledge “is going to be immensely disappointing to NATO leaders.” In a bitter irony Trump’s rebuke to NATO came as he unveiled a memorial to 9/11, the only time that the Article Five defence guarantee has been triggered. Ivo Daalder, a former Pindosi ambassador to NATO, tweeted:

This is a major blow to the alliance. After calling NATO ‘obsolete’ Trump needed to say what every predecessor since Truman has said: Pindostan is committed to Art 5.

It was under Pres Harry Truman that Pindostan launched the post-war WW2 network of alliances in Asia and Europe with the establishment in particular of NATO. On the campaign trail Trump worried transatlantic vassals when he dismissed NATO as ‘obsolete’ and said he would weigh up whether a state triggering Article 5 if invaded had met its financial obligations. But hopes that post-election Trump would use his first visit to Brussels to show his full commitment were dashed with a series of awkward incidents and harsh statements. First he stared down Pres Macron of France during a white-knuckle handshake. Then he shoved aside Montenegrin PM Markovic, whose country is set to become NATO’s 29th member later this year. Trump reportedly told EU leaders that “the Germans are bad, very bad” because of their car sales, and was at odds with Europe’s top official on Russia. British PM Theresa May also took Trump to task over Pindo intelligence leaks from the probe into this week’s deadly Manchester bombing. Finally, as aghast fellow leaders whispered amongst themselves, Trump blasted them for owing “massive amounts of money,” leaving allies back in the uncertain space they were last year. Jan Techau, a foreign policy expert at the Pindo Academy in Berlin, told AFP:

He sends a message to Russia and the rest of the world that the Pindosi security guarantee to Europe is wobbly.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland have all anxiously turned to the trans-Atlantic alliance since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution said:

Putin will be thrilled at Trump’s refusal to endorse Article Five! It’s shocking and damaging! The question of the day is: what on earth happened? Did Trump personally veto it? Or his advisors? Or was it never true?

Pindostan and NATO were at pains to insist that Trump was committed, despite it all. Sean Spicer dismissed questions about the president’s commitment as “almost laughable”, pointing out that the 9/11 memorial is dedicated to Article Five. NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg meanwhile said after the summit that the president was being “blunt” but was “sending a strong signal” of his commitment by unveiling the 9/11 memorial. The difference in tone could hardly be clearer however with the opening leg of Trump’s tour chez Toads. While in Brussels he berated some of Pindostan’s most venerable vassals & old retainers, in Riyadh Trump said he had a “tremendous” time as he signed multi-billion-dollar arms deals with the Toads and took part in a sword dance. Anne Applebaum, a visiting professor at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs, tweeted;

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