London NATO summit begins as tensions spike on either side of Atlantic

Members of the military applaud as President Donald Trump speaks at a dinning facility during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit Thursday Nov. 28 20

Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

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

Trump said Macron made a "very, very nasty statement" which was "very disrespectful" to the 28 countries who are members of the alliance.

"I did mention a number of things, I did say the United States right now has among the cleanest climates", he concluded.

Mr Macron said he stood by his comments about the health of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, and also firmly expressed his frustration that Mr Trump withdrew hundreds of American troops from Syria in October. He called it a "great process" between the countries to see the deal become a reality.

Trump has gone from labeling the agreement "obsolete" and earlier this year privately mulling a us withdrawal from the alliance, to outright praising the 29-country alliance.

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Overall, Trump seemed to be attempting to strike a softer tone than earlier in the day and said that the the two leaders "have a minor dispute" on trade - just hours after slamming the the French President.

Some Nato members have condemned Ankara's military operation in Syria to take on the Kurdish militant group.

But on the need for bigger military budgets - a favorite whip Trump uses to lash European allies and Canada - Rutte said: "We can not have the USA shoulder all the burden". "We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn't want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it".

U.S. President Donald Trump meets NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

"I think we hit it off really well, we had a terrific time but she's a great woman", he told radio host Nigel Farage of meeting Her Majesty. "You can take every one you want", the commander-in-chief said, prompting a sharp rebuke from the French president.

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Trump also brought up Huawei, as Canada considers giving the Chinese telecom access to the country's 5G network.

The meeting kicked off with talk around the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

"When‎ leaders meet tomorrow they will agree a plan for NATO's response to emerging and disruptive technology, recognising two new operational domains in space and cyber, and develop plans to confront and deter hybrid tactics", Wallace told an worldwide audience of defense analysts and policymakers.

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