Trump Calls Macron NATO Criticism ‘Very Nasty’
United States, US President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron ’ s criticism of NATO as “ brain dead ” was very insulting, AFP reports.
“ NATO serves a great purpose , ” Trump said , at a joint press appearance with alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the allies’ summit.
“ I think that ’ s very insulting , ” he said of Macron ’ s comment, branding it a “ very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries.”
Trump defended Stoltenberg , boasting that NATO members have massively increased their defence spending thanks to his pressure.
And he warned he could see France “ breaking off” from the allies, after Macron in an interview criticised NATO ’ s leadership and strategy.
“ Nobody needs NATO more than France , ” he said . “ It’ s a very dangerous statement for them to make. ”