One of the greatest non-answers: Trump lauds Macron's political skills

Trudeau and Trump at G7 in France

Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

"I'm possibly the only one he has that kind of relationship with the world.If you would have listened to President Obama we'd be in a World War Three right now", Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

Polls show his Conservative Party is in the lead but in recent days the gap with Labour has narrowed.So it may not be a surprise that Trump cut a more neutral tone this time."It's going to be a very important election for this great country", the president told reporters alongside Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, on Tuesday. But even the British hosts, for generations among the most enthusiastic champions of the trans-Atlantic partnership that NATO represents, are disunited over their project of quitting the European Union and distracted by a rancorous election due next week.

That statement quickly drew a shot back from Trump.

The French President gave a long answer, in which he argued that foreign fighters from European countries were a small minority among troops with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and that it would be unhelpful to focus on them rather than on the broader problem. "They have had a very rough year".

He added that the French President could not "go around making statements like that" and concluded it was "insulting to a lot of different forces". "It is very disrespectful".

Before heading to London, Erdogan suggested that Turkey might not back Poland and NATO's Baltic allies - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - should they require defending unless the allies support Turkish concerns about Syrian Kurdish fighters, which Ankara sees as terrorists.

Macron, in a controversial interview, told The Economist magazine last month: "What we are now experiencing is the brain death of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

In his phone-in with Farage a month ago, Trump said, "It's not for us to have anything to do with your health-care system". "And that's what happened".

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

Trump has described Marcon's comments as "very, very nasty".

Mr Trump said on Tuesday that Russian Federation wanted to agree deals on arms control, and he was willing to bring China into those either now or later. He pointed to the yellow vest movement in which demonstrators took to the streets to protest government tax reforms burdening the middle class.

Pres. Trump asks French Pres. Macron, "Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?". The White House this week announced that the tax, which it claims "discriminates" against USA companies, will be met with tariffs of up to 100 percent on $2.4 billion worth of French products such as cheese, yogurt, sparkling wine and makeup, The Washington Post reported.

This was, of course, disingenuous because one person who started the rumour was Trump himself, when he said in a press conference in the United Kingdom in June that "everything is on the table ..." "But I don't want France taxing American companies".

Ian Lesser, Vice President of The German Marshall Fund of the United States think-tank, said the credibility of NATO's collective defense clause - known as Article 5 - must be discussed.

Trump added: "I don't even know where that rumour started".

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