Trump says Macron Nato criticism ‘very nasty’

US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (not pictured), ahead of the NATO summit in Watford December 3, 2019. — Reuters pic
US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (not pictured), ahead of the NATO summit in Watford December 3, 2019. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Dec 3 — US President Donald Trump declared today that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s criticism of Nato as “brain dead” was very insulting.

“Nato serves a great purpose,” Trump said, at a joint press appearance with alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the allies’ summit.

“I think that’s very insulting,” he said of Macron’s comment, branding it a “very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries.”

Trump defended Stoltenberg, boasting that Nato members have massively increased their defence spending thanks to his pressure.

And he warned he could see France “breaking off” from the allies, after Macron in an interview criticised Nato's leadership and strategy.

“Nobody needs Nato more than France,” he said. “It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.” — AFP