Trump fires back at Macron over NATO criticism

Trump fires back at Macron over NATO criticism

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday rebuked French President Emmanuel Macron over his recent criticism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Macron's decision to impose taxes on U.S. tech firms.

The story: Trump was responding to Macron's statements in The Economist magazine in early November when he said that recent U.S. troop activity in Syria was contributing to the “brain death” of NATO. Macron's remarks came weeks after NATO member Turkey launched a military campaign in northern Syria days after Trump announced he was pulling U.S. troops from the country, according to Fox News.

Speaking at a bilateral meeting alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in London, Trump said Macron made a “very, very nasty statement” which was “very disrespectful” to other NATO member states.

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“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said. “It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make. Frankly, the one that benefits the least is the United States. We are helping Europe unite and go against a common foe – may not be a foe – I can't tell you.

“It is a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France when you look at what is going on," he added. "They have had a very rough year. You just can't go around making statements like that about NATO. It is very disrespectful."

"It is a very, very nasty statement. I think they have a very high unemployment rate in France. France is not doing well economically at all," Trump continued.

The U.S. Office of the Trade Representative threatened to impose tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French goods including cheese, yogurt, sparkling wine, and makeup over France's recent decision to tax U.S. tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

“I’m not so in love with Facebook, Google, or Twitter — well, I do well on Twitter from the other side,” Trump said. “But I don’t want France taxing American companies.”

“They’re American companies,” Trump said. “If they’re going to be taxed, the U.S. will tax them.”

The response: France responded to the Trump administration's tariff threat on Tuesday: “It’s not worthy of an ally, and it’s not the behavior we expect from the U.S. toward one of its main allies, France, and more generally, Europe,” said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.“If there were new U.S. sanctions, the EU would be ready to retaliate.”

The Internet Association also decried France's announced tax, which is set to take effect in January, as “one of a growing number of concerning unilateral tax regimes around the world.”

France’s tax will affect the U.S. but also Chinese, German, British, and French companies with at least $830 million in global revenue and digital sales of 25 million euros in France, Bloomberg reported.

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