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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on France’s criticism of the alliance and on “delinquent” members that don’t pay their way.

At a news conference held to celebrate NATO’s success in cajoling European allies to boost their defence spending, Trump could not resist lashing out at President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron had tried to shake up the agenda for the London summit by branding the 70-year-old Western alliance “brain dead”, but Trump slapped him down and warned that he could see Paris “breaking away” from NATO.

“NATO serves a great purpose,” Trump said, at a joint press appearance with alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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

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

Asked whether the US alliance with NATO was shaky, Trump denied it, but said: “I do see France breaking off … I see him breaking off.”

Trump defended Stoltenberg, boasting that NATO members have massively increased their defence spending thanks to his pressure — but then reiterated his complaints about European spending. Read more

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on France’s criticism of the alliance and on “delinquent” members that don’t pay their way.

Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on France’s criticism of the alliance and on “delinquent” members that don’t pay their way.

Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on France’s criticism of the alliance and on “delinquent” members that don’t pay their way.