Trump ‘will empower the Kremlin’ if he continues to undermine Nato

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind says Theresa May should warn the US leader on his UK visit of consequences of weakening alliance

Theresa May should tell Donald Trump during his visit to Britain this week that he will wreck his own mission to “make America great again”, and instead empower the Kremlin, if he continues to undermine Nato, the former Tory foreign secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, has said.

Senior UK politicians and diplomats believe the next 10 days of international diplomacy – during which the US president will also attend a Nato summit in Brussels and hold talks with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki – will be vital in determining the future strength of the western alliance as a bulwark against Russian aggression.

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