“A once-cordial relationship between President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France devolved in a dramatic fashion Tuesday, as the two leaders publicly sparred over their approach to containing the threat of terrorism and a shared vision for the future of NATO, a 70-year-old alliance facing existential threats on multiple fronts,” the New York Times reports.
“In a lengthy appearance before reporters, the president met a cool reception from Mr. Macron, who earlier in the day Mr. Trump derided as ‘very insulting’ for his recent remarks on the ‘brain death’ of the alliance. When asked to address his earlier comments on the French leader, Mr. Trump, a leader averse to face-to-face confrontation, initially demurred, but Mr. Macron was direct.”
Said Macron: “My statement created some reactions. I do stand by it.”
“What followed was an extended, terse back-and-forth over trade, immigration, and Mr. Trump’s relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey… The meeting continued to devolve as the two discussed the containment of ISIS fighters in Syria.”Save to Favorites