Trump, Macron Spar On NATO’s Future

Trump complains about 'very, very nasty' France

Growing questions about the future of NATO were looming large in the lead-up to this week’s NATO summit, and they were aired on Tuesday in a meeting between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron’s emphasis on the lack of identity for NATO was a major issue in the lead-up to the meeting, and he was dismissive of Trump’s constant calls for more spending as a focus on “just numbers.” Trump panned Macron as “very, very nasty” and said he was “insulting” for even saying that.

Visibly uncomfortable during parts of the talks, Trump went on to offer Macron “some nice ISIS fighters,” claiming that most of the ISIS fighters captured were from Europe.

Macron appeared not to appreciate that, chiding Trump to “be serious,” and noting that the fighters from Europe are a very small number compared to those from Syria and Iraq.

Macron said he thinks getting rid of ISIS is “our number one priority,” while President Trump fired back that “we have captured 100% of the caliphate.” Macron complained the alliance doesn’t even all have the same definition of terrorism, and clear disagreements on how to deal with Turkey’s invasion of Syria.

Author: Jason Ditz

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