President Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in London only hours after calling the leader’s criticism of NATO “nasty” and “disrespectful.” Referring to comments President Emmanuel Macron made last month in an interview with the Economist magazine — in which Macron described the “brain death” of NATO resulting from America’s failure to consult with its allies — Trump attacked Macron during his first remarks on the first day of the NATO 70th anniversary summit in London, calling the comments “very insulting.”
Trump slams French President Macron for “very nasty” comments on NATO
During a meeting with the head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump singled out French President Emmanuel Macron for his “very nasty” comments on the alliance, specifically that NATO was suffering “brain death” due to a lack of U.S. leadership.
Mr Trump said Nato served a great purpose and Mr Macron’s remarks had been “very insulting”. He also said he could see France “breaking off” from Nato, but did not explain why. Speaking last month, Mr Macron had complained that Nato members were no longer co-operating on key issues.
“It’s a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries,” Trump told reporters.
NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance’s 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining the military organization’s credibility.