Trump to Macron at tense meeting: "Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you."

by John Wesley Reid · Dec 3rd, 2019 3:06 pm
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Last Updated Dec 3rd, 2019 at 3:25 pm

In a tense meeting before reporters in London, President Trump poked at French President Emmanuel Macron about Islamic State fighters from Europe captured in Syria, saying, "Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you."

After Macron replied, Trump quipped, "This is why he's a great politician — because that's one of the greatest non-answers I've ever heard."

The meeting followed an adverse statement Macron made towards NATO in light of Turkey, a NATO signatory, invading Syria:

"What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO," Macron said of the U.S. troop withdraw from Syria. Macron continued to say it appears the U.S. is "turning its back on us...So as soon as you have a member who feels they have a right to head off on their own, granted by the United States of America, they do it. And that's what happened."

Trump responded to the comments by suggesting that France needs NATO more than other countries, likely referring to France being invaded in both world wars:

"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."