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World Trump calls Macron comments on NATO 'insulting' and 'nasty'

14:20  03 december  2019
14:20  03 december  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Donald Trump grimaces during a meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.© AP President Donald Trump grimaces during a meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

President Trump said Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron's comments about NATO experiencing "brain death" were "very insulting" and "nasty."

"NATO serves a great purpose," Trump told reporters during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London. "I think that's very insulting."

Trump said he was "very surprised" by the comments and called them "very disrespectful."

"Very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries," Trump said.

French President Emmanuel Macron.© Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump also said that Macron's statement was "very dangerous."

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"Nobody needs NATO more than France," he said.

Macron told the Economist in a recent interview that the world is "currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO" and that the alliance needed to "wake up" and begin thinking of itself as a geopolitical power. Macron also warned of waning support for the alliance on the part of the United States.

Macron's statements prompted scrutiny from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said she did not share his view and called the statement "drastic."

Trump is slated to meet one-on-one with Macron later Tuesday in London on the sidelines of the NATO leaders meeting.

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