NATO leaders to urge Trump to offer support

NATO leaders will press U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday to publicly support the NATO military alliance that he called “obsolete” during his campaign, facing a potentially cooler welcome than in the Middle East.

The Republican president, midway through his first foreign trip since taking office, enjoyed favorable receptions in Riyadh and Jerusalem, where leaders lauded his harsh words for Iran.

Praise looks to be in shorter supply at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unless Trump pledges unwavering support.

“I am confident that under constructive leadership of President Trump, NATO will continue to play a key role in transatlantic security and defense,” Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas said as he arrived for the meeting.

Belgium’s premier Charles Michel said it was time to “defend the values of the free world” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO was central to the West’s security.

“I am happy that all NATO member states will underline that NATO is the central pillar of our common security, that we feel united in solidarity for our common security,” Merkel said.

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