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Macron Says Trump Didn't Threaten to Leave NATO

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President Donald Trump, right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they walk in the atrium during a summit of NATO heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 11. (Tatyana Zenkovich/AP)

Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:41 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron said Donald Trump did not directly threaten to leave the NATO security alliance during a summit on Thursday.

Some news agencies reported the U.S. president had threatened to pull out of the 70-year-old alliance over frustration with member states' lack of commitment to agreed goals including spending 2 percent of GDP on defence.

But Macron said no direct threat was issued. NATO sources said that while Trump warned that the U.S. could "go it alone" if others didn't step up, it fell short of a direct threat to formally withdraw.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Donald Trump did not directly threaten to leave the NATO security alliance during a summit on Thursday. Some news agencies reported the U.S. president had threatened to pull out of the 70-year-old alliance.
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