Trump, Macron clash over NATO’s future ahead of summit

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President Trump clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over NATO ahead of a summit of the Western military alliance’s leaders.

Trump said Macron was “very, very nasty” after Macron likened what he said was NATO’s lack of a clear post-Cold-War strategic purpose to “brain death.”

Trump also questioned whether the U.S. should fulfill its NATO obligation to defend any member that is “delinquent” on the target defense spending of 2 percent of GDP.

Macron stood by his comments on NATO. “If we invest money and put our soldiers’ lives at risk in theaters of operation we must be clear about the fundamentals of NATO,” he said in a tweet at the end of a day.

Macron also criticized Turkey for what he said was coziness with Islamic State allies.

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