“Nobody needs NATO more than France”, says Donald Trump and goes on to share his thoughts about Macron and NATO.

Response to Macron comments on NATO being brain dead:
“I know, and then Turkey responded by saying he was brain dead, which was interesting. NATO serves a great purpose. It got to be unfair for the United States because the United States was paying a disproportionate about, and I heard that President Macron said that NATO is brain dead and I think that’s insulting to a lot of different forces, including a man that does a very good job at running NATO. It has a great purpose, especially with the fact that NATO is becoming much more flexible in terms of what it looked at.”

Another comment about Macron: 
“It’s a tough statement. When you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially, including them, 28 countries. You have a very high unemployment rate in France. France is not doing well economically at all. They’re starting to tax other people’s products, so therefore we go and tax them, which is taking place right now on technology and we’re doing their wines and everything else. It’s a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France. You look at what’s happened with the yellow vests or you look at what’s going on during certain parts of this season, they’ve had a very rough year. You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It’s very disrespectful.”

Yet another comment about France/Macron:
“Nobody needs NATO more than France if you just look back over the last long period of time. Nobody needs NATO more than France and frankly the one that benefits really the least is the United States. We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. Europe unites and they go against a common foe that may or may not be a foe — can’t tell you that, but there are other foes out there also. But I think nobody needs it more than France, and that’s why I think when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, that’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

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