French President Emmanuel Macron was being “very insulting” when he called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “brain dead,” President Donald Trump said.
“NATO serves a great purpose … and I think thats insulting to a lot of different forces, including a man that does a very good job at running NATO. I was very surprised,” Trump told reporters in London as he appeared with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House.
Macrons remark was a “very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries” and was “very disrespectful,” Trump added. He noted that Turkey responded by saying Macron was “brain dead.”
“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump alleged. “Its a very dangerous statement for them to make.”
Critics have accused Trump of undermining NATO by seeking to cut down U.S. funding for the largely European treaty group, but Trump has said he just wants the countries part of NATO to pay the funding they committed to years ago.
Trump praised Stoltenberg, saying hes doing “a fantastic job” and calling himself “a big fan.”
“Frankly the one that benefits really the least is the United States. It got to be unfair for the United States because the United States was paying a disproportionate amount,” Trump said on Tuesday. “We have increased the numbers the other countries are paying by $130 billion,” Trump said. He was “happy to have Read More – Source