What would a second Trump presidency mean for Nato?

Trump's hostility towards European leaders 'could prove fatal' for the military alliance if he wins re-election

 Former US president Donald Trump
Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull the US out of Nato, while praising the alliance's adversaries such as Vladimir Putin
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European leaders and Nato chiefs are debating how to prepare for Donald Trump's possible return to the White House as he surges ahead in the race for the Republican nomination. 

After scoring resounding victories in the Iowa and New Hampshire primary contests, the former president is the clear favourite to take on Joe Biden in November's election. And crucially for Nato, he is refusing to commit to US membership of the military alliance if re-elected, after having repeatedly threatened to pull out during his first term.

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