Trump blasts Macron’s ‘brain dead’ NATO comments as ‘nasty’

(L-R) Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg look on as Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks during a working dinner meeting at the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017 during a NATO summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Matt Dunham (Photo credit should read MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

London, Dec 3 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of being “nasty” for saying that NATO was “brain dead”.

At a news conference here, Trump, who arrived in the UK on Monday night to attend a summit marking the bloc’s 70th anniversary, said that NATO served a great purpose and Macron’s remarks had been “very insulting”, the BBC reported.

Trump also said he could see France “breaking off” from NATO, but did not explain why.

Speaking last month, Macron had complained that NATO members were no longer co-operating on key issues.

Macron described the alliance as “brain dead”, stressing what he saw as a waning commitment from its main guarantor – the US.

The summit, due to get under way later on Tuesday, has already been overshadowed by a bitter row between member states France and Turkey, and a continuing debate over money.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will oppose NATO’s plan for the defence of the Baltic if it doesn’t back Ankara over its fight against Kurdish groups it considers terrorists.

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