December three, 2019 | 2:34pm | Up to date December three, 2019 | 2:35pm
The bromance between President Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron took one other hit Tuesday as the 2 exchanged barbs over the destiny of captured ISIS fighters from Europe.
Trump chided Macron after urgent France to simply accept extra of its countrymen, echoing a frequent critique of the US’ European allies.
“We have a tremendous amount of captured fighters, ISIS fighters over in Syria. And they are all under lock and key but many are from France, many from Germany and many are from the UK. They’re mostly from Europe,” Trump stated throughout a bilateral sitdown with Macron on the NATO assembly in London.
“And some of the countries are agreeing. I have not spoken to the president about that. Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you. You can take every one you want,” the commander-in-chief stated, prompting a pointy rebuke from the French president.
“Let’s be serious. It is true you have current fighters coming from Europe. But it’s a minority problem of the overall problem we have. And I think the number one priority because it is not yet finished is to get rid of ISIS,” Macron informed the president.
“And it is not done, I’m sorry to say that. Your number one problem is not the foreign fighters, it is the ISIS fighters in the region and you have more and more of these fighters due to the situation today,” he stated.
Trump known as the response a “non-answer.”
“It’s why he is a great politician. That was one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard and that’s okay,” Trump stated.
Trump regularly boasts that he captured “100 percent” of the so-called Caliphate the terrorists established in broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, although preventing continues on the bottom amid fears the group might reform.
The president and Macron have been quick buddies earlier in Trump’s time period, when he was wowed by the nation’s Bastille Day army parade, which he hoped to emulate.
They’ve additionally hosted one another for state visits and dined on the Eiffel Tower, although the connection turned south after the French president criticized Trump for withdrawing from Syria and permitting Turkish President Recep Erdogan to invade northern Syria, territory that had been held by the Kurds.