NATO downplays divisions as infighting roils alliance

World News

December 4, 2019 - 9:58 AM

WATFORD, England (AP) ? NATO leaders on Wednesday played down their differences and insisted that they remain united over security issues and determined to defend each other despite a series of spats between the presidents of some of the alliance?s biggest member countries.

Before a summit near London, French President Emmanuel Macron had lamented the ?brain death? of NATO due in part to what he called a lack of U.S. leadership. President Donald Trump branded his remarks as ?very disrespectful.? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that Macron himself is ?brain dead.?

The infighting is mostly due to Turkey?s invasion of northern Syria. Macron has complained that Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the region without warning his NATO allies. Turkey saw the move as a greenlight to send its troops in.

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