President Trump called-out French President Emmanuel Macron during a high-stakes NATO summit Tuesday; saying his recent comments on Syria and US leadership very “disrespectful.”
“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said, alluding to France’s invasion by Germany during World War I and World War II. “It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make,” Trump added. “Frankly, the one that benefits the least is the United States. We are helping Europe unite and go against a common foe – may not be a foe – I can’t tell you.”
“It is a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France when you look at what is going on,” Trump continued. “They have had a very rough year. You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It is very disrespectful.”
Trump’s comments were a direct response to Macron’s fierce criticism of the United States’ policy towards Syria.
“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” said the French President. “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.”
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MACRON IN DC: Trump Hosts the French President During First State Visit
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to arrive in Washington, DC Monday; meeting with President Trump just days after the armed forces of the US, UK, and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The 40-year-old European leader’s trip will be the first official state visit of President Trump’s presidency; with the two heads-of-state prepared to hold high-level meetings regarding trade, the Iranian nuclear agreement, the Middle East, and more.
“Both of us are probably mavericks,” Macron told Fox News. “We have a very special relationship… I think the U.S. today has a very strong role to play for peace in different regions of the world, and especially the Mideast.
“He has been one of the few Europeans who has pulled off the trick of building a close and strong working relationship with President Trump,” added one global security analyst.
One key area of discussion will likely center on the President’s recently announced trade tariffs on steel and aluminum; offering exemptions for only Mexico and Canada.
“I hope he will not implement these new tariffs and he will decide for an exemption for the European Union,” Macron said. “You cannot make a trade war with your ally.”
MACRON SPEAKS: French President Begs Businesses to Pay Employees Bonuses, Increase Wages
French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the people of France Monday; urging employers to pay out big bonuses and increase wages as the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests continue to rock the nation.
“I would ask all employers who can, pay an end-of-year bonus to their employees,” said Macron. “When violence is unleashed, freedom stops.”
“Among his pledges Monday, Macron reiterated his promises to raise the minimum wage and abolish taxes on overtime pay starting Jan. 1 — several months ahead of schedule. He also said a tax hike pensioners faced would be scrapped,” writes Fox News.
Macron has faced calls to resign from across the political spectrum over his inability to clampdown on the nationwide protests; a demonstration that morphed from anti-fuel tax demonstrations to a larger anti-Macron movement.
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