US President Donald Trump has entered a war of words between his French and Turkish counterparts, saying Emmanuel Macron’s remark that NATO was “brain dead” was “very, very nasty” and “disrespectful”.
Macron made the comment in a November 7 interview with The Economist, as he criticised a lack of coordination between NATO members over Turkey’s recent operation in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later responded, challenging Macron to check his own “brain death”.
Trump, speaking to reporters in London on Tuesday alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, said Macron’s assessment of the military alliance was “insulting to a lot of different forces”.
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, talks about the developments.
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