Trump criticises European allies before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation anniversary meet

Trump criticises European allies before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation anniversary meet

Trump has since questioned whether Johnson's own Brexit deal would allow Britain to sign a trade deal with the United States - something the Conservative leader holds up as one of the biggest prizes of leaving the EU.

Mr Trump is due to hold separate talks with Mr Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the summit.

Trump said Macron made a "very, very nasty statement" which was "very disrespectful" to the 28 countries who are members of the alliance.

Trump said the matter hadn't come up yet but jokingly asked Macron, "Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?".

And on December 3, Erdogan said Ankara would oppose the alliance's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance did not recognize groups that Turkey is fighting as terrorists.

"If you handed [the NHS] to us on a silver platter, we wouldn't want it".

"I'll stay out of the election", the USA leader insisted, adding: "I don't want to complicate it".

"(NATO) got to be unfair for the United States because the United States pays a disproportionate amount", Trump said.

The President also commented on Prince Andrew's decision to step back from public life, saying while he did not know the Prince, it was a "very tough story".

Trump and Macron also clashed over Russian Federation.

Macron has in the past sought to ride out differences with Trump, emphasising the need for constructive engagement even when the USA president pulled out of the Paris climate accord and withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran. "I think Boris is very capable and he'll do a good job".

Trump has previously waffled between public support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and questioning its worth during his time in the Oval Office, which has raised concerns about the alliance's viability as global instability is on the rise.

"We do a lot of trade with France and we have a minor dispute", Trump told reporters.

In his phone-in with Farage a month ago, Trump said, "It's not for us to have anything to do with your health-care system".

But on the need for bigger military budgets - a favorite whip Trump uses to lash European allies and Canada - Rutte said: "We can not have the USA shoulder all the burden".

President Donald Trump Monday evening lauded the House Republicans for their 110-page report summarizing their take on the impeachment inquiry up until now, before asking if it is possible to "go to (the) Supreme Court" to stop the continuing proceedings.

"He just had the idea - Emmanuel had an idea: let's tax those companies", Trump said during a meeting with Stoltenberg.

The United States has threatened to impose duties of up to 100 per cent on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth US$2.4 billion (S$3.3 billion) after a U.S. government investigation found that France's new digital services tax would harm USA technology companies.

He added that NATO's longevity since it was first established in 1949 to provide collective security for Europe against what was then the Soviet Union was down to the fact that "we've always had frank, real conversations".

The British prime minister, in the closing days of an election he is forecast to win, has sought to keep Trump at arm's length.



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