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World Trump Begins NATO Summit by Targeting Macron’s ‘Brain Death’ Comment

16:51  03 december  2019
16:51  03 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — an alliance that has been strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by lashing out at one of them.

Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - was founded after World War Two to counter the threat of Soviet expansion. The 29 member states pledge to come to the aid of one another should any come under attack. But speaking last month, Mr Macron had complained that Nato members were no

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LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by stepping into an unlikely role as defender of an alliance he once called “obsolete.”

In a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, Mr. Trump said President Emmanuel Macron of France had been “very insulting” to the alliance when he warned recently about the “brain death” of NATO.

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Mr. Macron ’ s comments “will really damage NATO and could be seized upon by its opponents, including Trump ," Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at Washington’s Brookings Institution, wrote on Twitter. He called the interview “deliberate, provocative and catastrophic,” and added that Mr. Macron

The US President called Macron ' s " brain dead " NATO remarks "nasty," saying he could see Paris leaving the alliance. The remarks set the tone for US President Donald Trump kicked off a tense two-day NATO summit on Tuesday by criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron ' s comment about

Mr. Macron had suggested that Europe could no longer assume unwavering support from the United States. The two leaders were scheduled to meet later in the day.

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“I think nobody needs it more than France,” Mr. Trump said of the alliance, “and that’s why I think when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, that’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: President Trump met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday, ahead of the NATO summit. © Al Drago for The New York Times President Trump met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday, ahead of the NATO summit.

Mr. Trump’s visit comes as leaders across Europe struggle to balance the shared goal of combating the rising influence of global adversaries — China will be a focus — and containing other unpredictable members, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

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US president Donald Trump has lambasted comments calling Nato " brain dead " by French president Emmanuel Macron as "nasty, insulting, and disrespectful". The US president also said that some European countries hadn't been paying a fair share into the defence grouping and alluded to domestic

On December 3rd, the 2019 NATO Summit began in London, having leaders from all 29 member states in attendance. The most significant topic on the agenda is most likely prompted by French President Emmanuel Macron ’ s “ brain death comment ” – “What we are currently experiencing is the

A port in Shanghai. Mr. Trump has been engaged in a prolonged trade war with China. © Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times A port in Shanghai. Mr. Trump has been engaged in a prolonged trade war with China.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said that he was considering delaying reaching a deal in his protracted and economically damaging trade war with China until after the 2020 election.

“In some ways I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal,” Mr. Trump said, adding that he had “no deadline” for reaching an accord.

Mr. Trump’s defense of NATO against Mr. Macron’s comments was something of a role reversal for the two leaders. In the past, Mr. Trump has been so disruptive at NATO meetings that he triggered an emergency session. He has accused other member countries of shortchanging the United States on military spending, and he has questioned whether the alliance still served a purpose.

A goal of the current meeting was to avoid any formal disruptions. This time, however, it was Mr. Macron’s comments that were viewed as unhelpful to the alliance.

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After Macron had tried to shake-up the agenda for the London summit by calling the 70-year western alliance “ brain dead ”, Trump said he could see Paris “ Nato serves a great purpose,” Trump said. “I think that’s very insulting,” he said of Macron ’ s comment , branding it a “very, very nasty statement

Macron had urged France’ s fellow NATO members to “reassess the reality of what NATO is in light of the commitment of the United States” in an interview with The Economist published Thursday, suggesting “we are currently experiencing the brain - death of NATO ” and lamenting that Europe was

Mr. Trump called the remarks a “very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries” and said that NATO served a “great purpose.”

President Donald Trump and France's President Emmanuel Macron meet ahead of the NATO summit in Watford, in London, Britain, on December 3, 2019. © Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump and France's President Emmanuel Macron meet ahead of the NATO summit in Watford, in London, Britain, on December 3, 2019. Heather A. Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Mr. Macron saw an opportunity to assert French leadership in Europe, with Britain moving toward leaving the European Union and the German government enmeshed in its own political troubles.

“President Macron is seizing that moment, seeking to be disruptive in his own way, and so we will see how that works,” she said.

In the background of these competing global interests is Mr. Trump’s possible impeachment. On Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee is set to question legal experts about whether there are grounds to impeach Mr. Trump for pressuring Ukraine to take actions that could help him in the 2020 election.

That threatens to throw off Mr. Trump’s focus and overshadow a victorious message that administration officials brought along with them to Britain: Last week, officials told reporters that the president had been “spectacularly successful” in urging allies to increase their military spending by more than $100 billion.

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French president Emmanuel Macron has told The Economist that the alliance is experiencing its brain death , while warning European countries that they can “I’d argue that we should reassess the reality of what NATO is in the light of the commitment of the United States.” Macron said that Washington is

Macron had courted controversy and criticism from NATO allies last month after telling The Economist that the defense alliance was experiencing a " brain Macron is proving himself increasingly unpopular among NATO allies. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also limiting his appearances with Trump

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump spoke to reporters for 52 minutes, at times turning his attention back to domestic issues. He castigated the impeachment effort led by Democrats as “unpatriotic” and again defended his behavior during a July call with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky — an interaction that formed the basis for the inquiry.

“I did nothing wrong,” Mr. Trump said of the impeachment inquiry during a bilateral meeting with Mr. Stoltenberg, noting that he was not open to a censure from Congress, either. “You don’t censure somebody when they did nothing wrong.”

Mr. Trump’s morning comments set a tense backdrop for his meeting on Tuesday afternoon with Mr. Macron, who has shifted from a charm offensive with Mr. Trump to a more confrontational approach.

Experts in the region said they were watching to see whether Mr. Macron and Mr. Trump could agree on a path forward for NATO. “We need U.S. leadership in order to push any number of things on the NATO agenda, particularly in tougher areas like nuclear modernization or arms control,” Ms. Conley said.

Mr. Trump will also meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and host a private fund-raising round table with supporters, which Trump campaign officials say will raise $3 million.

Notably absent from the president’s schedule is a one-on-one meeting with the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is campaigning ahead of a Dec. 12 election and has been desperate to keep Mr. Trump at arm’s length. Mr. Johnson is managing the political fallout from a terrorist attack on Friday in central London, where a lone extremist fatally stabbed two people and wounded three others.

NATO leaders caught on camera mocking Trump

  NATO leaders caught on camera mocking Trump The leaders of Britain, Canada, France and the Netherlands have been caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking US President Donald Trump's lengthy media appearances ahead of Wedensday's NATO summit. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France and the Netherlands have  been caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking US President Donald Trump's lengthy media appearances ahead of Wedensday's NATO summit.

Donald Trump has arrived in London for a two-day NATO summit which marks the 70th anniversary of the alliance. Previously, he has repeatedly criticised what he calls the lack of equal 'burden-sharing' by NATO ' s European members.

Macron ' s comments came in an interview with London-based magazine The Economist published last month. He has since defended his words, saying NATO The summit comes as Trump faces an impeachment investigation back home. He repeated his criticism Tuesday of Democrats who control

Mr. Johnson will host several leaders, including the president, in a group reception at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday evening, before the Trumps head to Buckingham Palace for a reception with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

Boris Johnson in a suit standing in front of a building: Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain with President Trump at the Group of 7 meeting in Biarritz, France, in August. © Erin Schaff for The New York Times Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain with President Trump at the Group of 7 meeting in Biarritz, France, in August. A chief concern in Britain is that Mr. Trump could change the course of next week’s election, intentionally or not, by sending inflammatory tweets or wading into local politics in interviews.

During his meeting with Mr. Stoltenberg, Mr. Trump indicated that he would respect Mr. Johnson’s wishes and not interfere in the impending election.

“I’ll stay out of the election,” Mr. Trump said. “I think Boris is very capable and he will do a good job.”

Hours before he and the first lady, Melania Trump, were expected at the palace, Mr. Trump also addressed a controversy engulfing the Royal family. Prince Andrew, the queen’s third child, recently spoke with the BBC about his relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey A. Epstein — an interview that turned into a public relations disaster, leading to the prince stepping back from public life.

“I don’t know Prince Andrew, but that’s a tough story,” Mr. Trump said.

Steven Erlanger contributed reporting.

Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him .
Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Trump on Wednesday over a video of several NATO leaders mocking the U.S. leader over the length of a press conference he hosted at the start of the NATO summit. © Getty Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him In a video released by Biden's Twitter account, ominous music plays as news anchors discuss footage of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron discussing Trump's lengthy press conference earlier Wednesday.Biden, a 2020 candidate for president, says at the end of the video that the U.S.

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