Selin ATAY-TDO-Donald Trump has lashed out at Macron, saying the French president’s description of Nato as brain dead was insulting and a “very, very nasty statement”.
At a news conference alongside the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, the US president also accused Macron of trying to break away from Nato, as well as running a failing economy – while discarding the fact he himself has described NATO as obsolete on previous occasions.
Macron had tried to galvanise the agenda for the summit in London by calling the 70-year western alliance “brain dead”, but Trump said: “Nato serves a great purpose. I think that’s very insulting.”
He added: “Nobody needs Nato more than France. It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”Trump noted that Macron's statement was "very unpleasant" for the 28 members of the alliance.
He also reeled off a string of insults against France, saying: “I think they have a very high unemployment rate in France. France is not doing well economically at all. It is a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France, when you look at what is going on with the yellow vests [anti-government protesters].”
“They have had a very rough year. You just can’t go around making statements like that about Nato. It is very disrespectful. I’m looking at him [Macron] and I’m saying that he needs protection more than anybody, and I see him breaking off [from Nato]. So I’m a little surprised at that.”
In contrast to Macron’s statements, Trump appeared to side with the Turkey, saying Turkey “couldn’t be nicer, more supportive, very helpful.” He added that Turkey had cooperated in the killing of the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.