Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump says French President Emmanuel Macron's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation comments were 'very insulting'

Donald Trump says French President Emmanuel Macron's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation comments were 'very insulting'

Underlining the strife in the transatlantic bloc, Mr Trump demanded that Europe pay more for its collective defence and also make concessions to United States interests on trade.

Trump is due to hold separate talks with Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines.

"When France makes a statement like they did about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, it's a very risky statement to make", Trump said earlier Tuesday morning as he made remarks and took questions ahead of a meeting with Stoltenberg.

"When you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries", Mr Trump said.

"So as soon as you have a member who feels they have a right to head off on their own, granted by the United States of America, they do it", Macron said, referring to Turkey's military offensive into Syria following the troop withdrawal. "You can take every one you want", the commander-in-chief said, prompting a sharp rebuke from the French president.

Earlier in an appearance with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump appeared to side with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his actions in Syria, saying that the country was "very helpful" with the raid to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"I have to say this, Russian Federation wants to make a deal on arms control ..." The president added on Twitter that it's "not nice" for Democrats to "purposely schedule" a hearing during the summit.

The President also commented on Prince Andrew's decision to step back from public life, saying while he did not know the Prince, it was a "very tough story".

"The deficit for many, many years has been astronomical (between) the United States and Europe", Trump boasted.

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"I think Boris is very capable and I think he will do a good job." remarks Donald Trump.

Mr Trump and Mr Macron have had an patchy relationship in the almost three years since the former reality TV star became Commander in Chief.

"We do a lot of trade with France and we have a minor dispute", Trump told reporters.

The White House billed the event, which was closed to the press, as "a roundtable with supporters" and a Republican source familiar with the event's plans tells CNN that the fundraiser was hosted by Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee run by the Republican National Committee and Trump's campaign. "Cause that was one of the greatest non-answers I've ever heard".

"We flew over areas that was totally controlled by Turkey and Turkish military", Trump said.

Explicitly linking his complaint that Europe does not pay enough for NATO's security missions to his staunch "America First" defence of US commercial interests, Trump said it was time for Europe to "shape up" on both fronts.

"He just had the idea - Emmanuel had an idea: let's tax those companies", Trump said during a meeting with Stoltenberg. "We can't let that happen", he said of transatlantic disputes over everything from the aerospace sector to a European tax on USA technology giants.

The British prime minister, in the closing days of an election he is forecast to win, has sought to keep Trump at arm's length.

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