President Trump on Tuesday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s current rebuke of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO), saying France traditionally is the nation most in want of the navy safety afforded by the 70-year-old alliance.
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In London at a bilateral assembly alongside NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg, Trump reacted to Macron telling The Economist journal in early November that current U.S. troop actions in Syria are contributing to the “mind dying” of the NATO navy alliance.
Trump mentioned Macron made a “very, very nasty assertion” which was “very disrespectful” to the 28 international locations who’re members of the alliance.
“No person wants NATO greater than France,” Trump mentioned, alluding to France being invaded twice throughout each World Wars. “It’s a really harmful assertion for them to make,” Trump mentioned. “Frankly, the one which advantages the least is the US. We’re serving to Europe unite and go in opposition to a typical foe – is probably not a foe – I am unable to let you know.”
“It’s a very powerful assertion to make when you may have such problem in France once you take a look at what’s going on,” Trump continued. “They’ve had a really tough yr. You simply cannot go round making statements like that about NATO. It is rather disrespectful.”
Macron’s remarks got here weeks after Turkey – a member of NATO – invaded northern Syria.
“What we’re at the moment experiencing is the mind dying of NATO,” Macron instructed journal within the wake of the US’ choice to withdraw troops from northeast Syria. He mentioned the U.S. seems to be “turning its again on us.”
“In order quickly as you may have a member who feels they’ve a proper to move off on their very own, granted by the US of America, they do it,” Macron mentioned, referring to Turkey’s navy offensive into Syria following the troop withdrawal. “And that is what occurred.”
Talking Tuesday, Trump urged he might see France “breaking off” from NATO however didn’t elaborate additional.
“It’s a very, very nasty assertion. I believe they’ve a really excessive unemployment price in France. France will not be doing properly economically in any respect,” Trump mentioned. He pointed to the yellow vest motion through which demonstrators took to the streets to protest authorities tax reforms burdening the center class.
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Trump additionally slammed Macron’s current choice to impose a French digital providers tax on American corporations, together with Fb, Google and Twitter. The White Home this week introduced that the tax, which it claims “discriminates” in opposition to U.S. corporations, shall be met with tariffs of as much as 100 p.c on $2.four billion price of French merchandise similar to cheese, yogurt, glowing wine and make-up, The Washington Put up reported.
“I’m not so in love with Fb, Google, or Twitter—properly, I do properly on Twitter from the opposite aspect,” Trump mentioned. “However I don’t need France taxing American corporations.”
Trump mentioned if anybody goes to be “taking benefit” of American corporations, it’s going to be the US. “Earlier than me, the US was a sucker,” Trump added.
This comes as Trump is ready to fulfill with NATO members throughout a two-day summit in London. Trump wouldn’t affirm if he’ll meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkish media in late November quoted Erdogan’s adviser saying the nation was contemplating dropping out of NATO. Turkey withdrew some 40 troops from a NATO drill in Norway after the nation’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and Erdogan himself have been depicted as enemies.
Fox Information’ Greg Norman and the Related Press contributed to this report.