President Trump and Melania land in London ahead of pivotal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he did not want to interfere in Britain's election, but that he thought current Prime Minister Boris Johnson was very capable and would do a good job.

'I heard that President Macron said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was brain dead, ' Trump said, in a long back-and-forth with reporters.

Macron said nomist published last month, suggesting that the alliance was becomingthe alliance was experiencing "brain death" in an interview with the Eco obsolete.

By 2020, European allies and Canada will have invested $130 billion more since 2016 - the year Trump was elected, Stoltenberg said on November 29.

"It is a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France when you look at what is going on".

It began as a 12-member alliance to counterbalance the growing military might of the Soviet Union and to keep the peace in post-war Europe. And on Friday Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, furious at Western criticism of his military operation in northern Syria against the Kurds, hit back with a personal attack on Macron.

Trump also teed off on France's digital services tax which he said is unfair to USA tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter. He insists that strategic questions must be addressed, like improving ties with Russian Federation and how to handle an unpredictable ally like Turkey.

Trump waded into the election in October by saying opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" for Britain and that Johnson should agree on a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

'Who said that?' Trump said when first confronted with the comment.

Trump suggested that a long-awaited trade deal with China would have to wait until after the next USA presidential election in November 2020 - with no end now in sight to the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Trump said of France: "They've had a very rough year, ' and brought up the 'yellow vest" protests.

Reiterated his call for European partners to increase defense spending - calling out Germany in particular for falling short.

It remains to be seen whether the leaders will be able to show unity during the talks.

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