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Trump Brands Macron’s Comments As “Nasty”

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(BBC)US President Donald Trump has accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of being “nasty” for saying Nato was “brain dead”.

Mr Trump is in London for a summit marking the Western military alliance’s 70th anniversary.

Mr Trump said Nato served a great purpose, and Mr Macron’s remarks had been “very insulting”.

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

Nato – the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – was founded after World War Two to counter the threat of Soviet expansion. The 29 member states pledge to come to the aid of one another should any come under attack.

But speaking last month, Mr Macron complained that Nato members were no longer co-operating on key issues.

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

 

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