President Donald Trump tore into French President Emanuel Macron during a NATO meeting in London on Tuesday morning.
When the issue of the thousands of caged ISIS fighters in Syria came up, Trump turned to Macron and asked:
“Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I could give them to you.”
France, along with most other European countries, has refused to take back their own captured citizens who voluntarily joined the Islamic State.
Donald Trump continued,
“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 U.K. They’re mostly from Europe. 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 everyone you want”
However, Macron was not prepared to let President Trump get the last word on this issue.
“Let’s be serious. It is true you have current fighters coming from Europe. But it’s a minor problem with the overall problem we have. And I think the number one priority because it is not yet finished is to get rid of ISIS.” He continued, “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.”
Of course, it would be a mistake to assume that Donald Trump would not fire back on Macron’s comments just as swiftly. Trump stated, “It’s why he (Macron) is a great politician. That was one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard and that’s okay.”
The tense relationship between the two leaders follows accusations by Macron this week that President Trump’s actions and comments on NATO, such as them making the United States flip the bill for decades, is causing the alliance to suffer “brain death”.