Nobody needs North Atlantic Treaty Organisation more than France, says Trump

Cheryl Sanders
December 3, 2019

The U.S. pullout cleared the way for NATO-member Turkey to push into areas controlled by Kurdish militias considered terrorists by Ankara, deepening fractures between Turkey and other members of the alliance.

Trump is due to hold separate talks with Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines.

Trump also took aim at Germany's perceived shortfall on defence funding commitments, but he singled out Macron before the two leaders met in London on Tuesday, in advance of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit marking 70 years of the military alliance.

"When you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries", Mr Trump said.

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But the US leader's broadside came only hours after splits opened up elsewhere in the alliance, with Turkey threatening to block a plan to defend Baltic states unless the alliance backs it in recognising the Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist group.

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"And it is not done, I'm sorry to say that", said Macron.

In London at a bilateral meeting alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump reacted to Macron telling The Economist magazine in early November that recent US troop actions in Syria are contributing to the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance.

Trump wasted little time, saying only half-jokingly that Macron's response to one journalist's question about how France was dealing with returning Islamic State fighters was "one of the greatest non-answers I have ever heard". "And I'm changing that, and I'm changing it very rapidly".

"I think we get along with Russia", Trump said, pointing to Macron and saying that he has a similar view.

"I do see France breaking off (from NATO)".

"It is true you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem", French.

The White House billed the event, which was closed to the press, as "a roundtable with supporters" and a Republican source familiar with the event's plans tells CNN that the fundraiser was hosted by Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee run by the Republican National Committee and Trump's campaign.

But before meeting Macron, Trump ripped into the French President over France's new tax on technology companies, which the U.S. says will disproportionately impact American businesses.

Trump has gone from labeling the agreement "obsolete" and earlier this year privately mulling a us withdrawal from the alliance, to outright praising the 29-country alliance.

While giving few specifics, Trump said he believed Russian Federation wanted deals on arms control and nuclear issues, and that he would be willing to bring China into such accords.

Trump said he would be meeting with Johnson at 10 Downing Street later in the trip.

"I will not let them take advantage of American companies, if they are going to be taxed, it will be by the U.S.". But even the British hosts, for generations among the most enthusiastic champions of the trans-Atlantic partnership that NATO represents, are disunited over their project of quitting the European Union and distracted by a rancorous election due next week.

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