French President Emmanuel Macron calls for solidarity – and stands by his warning of brain death at NATO. US President Trump says that is nasty language. Will this row between the two leaders overshadow the summit in London?
The US president called Macron's "brain dead" remarks on NATO "nasty," saying he could see Paris leaving the military alliance. The comments set the tone for what is expected to be another tense summit among NATO allies.
President Macron's very public questioning of the military alliance has left France feeling isolated. NATO head Jens Stoltenberg will now seek clarification ahead of a high-level summit.
The French leader is setting the tone ahead of a NATO summit next week. At issue are unresolved questions over peace in Europe, relations with Russia, Turkey and greater NATO involvement in the Sahel, Macron said.
Who'll be the skunk at NATO's 70th birthday party? And is the alliance really "brain dead?" The upcoming summit could provide all sorts of public-relations pitfalls.
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