Trump berates Macron for ‘nasty statement’ about ‘brain-dead NATO’, chides allies for not paying enough
The US president on Tuesday managed to praise NATO as a great organization, criticize its European members for taking advantage of Washington’s generosity, and berate France’s Emmanuel Macron for being disrespectful to the organization.
“NATO serves a great purpose,” Trump told journalists in London amid a meeting with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “It got to be unfair for the United States because the United States paid a disproportionate amount. I heard that President Macron said that it was brain dead. I think it was very insulting to a lot of different forces, including the man that does a very good job in running NATO.”Also on rt.com Indispensable or obsolete? Reheated Cold War rhetoric can’t patch fractured NATO that lacks sense of purpose & vision for future
The ‘man running NATO’ agreed, saying Macron’s criticism was not based on facts.
“That’s not the case. Actually NATO is active, NATO is agile, NATO is adapting,” Stoltenberg said. Trump went on to mount more criticism on his French counterpart, saying his statement about NATO was “very-very nasty” toward allies, considering it was coming from the leader of a nation experiencing economic and security problems.
“It’s a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulties in France. Look at what happened with the Yellow Vests,” Trump said referring to the French anti-austerity protest movement. “You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It’s very disrespectful.”Also on rt.com We’ll be pugnacious on this: France says it’s ready to fight back on US’ export tariffs
Trump’s lecture came ahead of his meeting with leaders of other NATO members, including Macron. The alliance is holding a gathering in London this week to mark its 70th anniversary. Just before the meeting the Trump administration announced plans to impose heavy tariffs on French goods in retaliation to Paris’ decision to tax large tech companies generating revenue in the French market and using loopholes to avoid corporate taxes.
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