French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent remarks on NATO that criticized the organization for its collective defense seem to have backfired as world leaders and diplomats expressed disappointment, leaving the French president alone with his thoughts.
The latest criticism came from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he took aim at Macron. Speaking to reporters before attending the NATO summit in London, Trump told reporters that Macron’s comments were “very nasty” when he lamented the “brain death” of the organization due in large part to a lack of U.S. leadership.
Earlier this month, Macron called NATO "brain dead" in an interview with The Economist weekly. He also expressed doubts about the applicability of the principle of collective defense, explaining that the U.S. showed signs of "turning its back" on its military allies as it had "demonstrated starkly with its unexpected troop withdrawal from northeastern Syria last month." He also decried NATO's inability to react to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a "junior."
He urged Europe to rethink its "strategic power" and regain "military sovereignty."
Macron spoke on the issue once again yesterday during a press conference with Trump after a bilateral meeting, saying that he stands by his remarks, although they “shook up” a lot of people.
“Sometimes he’ll say things that he shouldn’t say,” Trump said. “Sometimes I think he does things that are counterproductive for his own country,” he added.
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