President Trump is currently at NATO with other world leaders and elected representatives.
During a rather tense exchange in front of the media regarding ISIS, Trump called out Macron for his “non-answer.”
The ISIS Problem
The topic of discussion was the ongoing problem with ISIS.
Trump has been very open about the policies throughout Europe that are allowing terrorism to fester, and he had no problem taking a jab at Macron in public over it.
President Trump started the joust, stating, “I have not spoken to the president about that — would you like some nice ISIS fighters?
“I can give them to you, you can take every one you want.”
Macron then gave a very long-winded response that really made no point.
When he was done, Trump hit him, stating, “This is why he’s a great politician, because that’s one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard.”
The tenseness in the room was no doubt a direct result of the NATO conversations the two of them had, as well as the back and forth that has been going on in the media.
The NATO Issue
It is no secret Trump wants more countries to pay their fair share when it comes to NATO.
Macron, to a point, conceded the United States has been paying the lion’s share of the budget for the last decade.
However, he then deflected the issue of costs by saying we should all be more concerned with the strategy of NATO rather than the actual costs.
That is, of course, easy to say when your country is not paying its full share of the operations costs of the organization.
Macron accused the United States of turning its back on Europe due to the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.
He called it the “brain death” of NATO.
Trump responded by saying that “Nobody needs NATO more than France.”
He then stated, “It is a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France when you look at what is going on.
“They have had a very rough year.
“You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It is very disrespectful.”
This all set the table for the exchange you saw in the video above.
Clearly, President Trump has struck a nerve and the French president did not like being called out on national TV for his comments.
Honestly, though, regardless of whether or not our allies like it, it is time someone calls them out on the fact they have all been relying on the U.S. checkbook to pay their own debts.
While our country swims in debt, we continue to send trillions overseas every year.
And yes, I realize some of this aid is needed, but why must the United States continue to pay an unrealistic share of the aid when our allies are not contributing relative amounts?
These tensions are not likely to go away anytime soon, as France is imposing a new “digital tax” on American companies.
In response, Trump announced he will hit France with up to 100 percent tariffs on key exports, such as sparkling wine, yogurt, cheese, and makeup.
Trump flat out stated, “I don’t want France taxing American companies.”
Source: Fox News
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