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Trump attacks French leader Macron over NATO comments

Trump attacks French leader Macron over NATO comments
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LONDON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim at President Emmanuel Macron over the French leader s criticism of NATO, and criticized the other members of the military alliance for being too slow to beef up their defence budgets.

As prime ministers and presidents of the 29-member alliance converged on London for a summit marking NATO s 70th birthday, Trump told reporters Macron s comments were "very nasty" when he lamented the "brain death" of the organization due in large part to a lack of U.S. leadership.

"Sometimes he ll say things that he shouldn t say," Trump said. "Sometimes I think he does things that are counterproductive for his own country."

During campaigning for the last election, Trump described NATO as "obsolete." He has since tempered his criticism somewhat.
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