London, Dec 3 : US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for being "nasty" on calling NATO 'brain dead'.
Trump said that NATO served a great purpose and Macron's remarks was "very insulting".
"I'm looking at him, Macron, and I'm saying that he needs protection more than anybody and I see him breaking off from NATO. So I'm a little surprised at that," Trump said according to BBC News.
Trump is in London for a summit marking the bloc's 70th anniversary.
The US President said that he thought the French leader had been "very disrespectful" to other alliance members. "It is a very, very nasty statement. I think they have a very high unemployment rate in France. France is not doing well economically at all," he said. Speaking last month, Macron had complained that NATO members were no longer co-operating on key issues. He described the alliance as "brain dead", stressing what he saw as a waning commitment from its main guarantor ,the United States.
The two-day NATO summit in London will kick off later in the day. (UNI)