"One of the greatest non-answers": Donald Trump lauds Macron's political skills

AFP London, United Kingdom Dec 03, 2019, 10.30 PM(IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron with US counterpart Donald Trump Photograph:( AFP )

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In response to a question posed to Trump by a US journalist, the US president said he would pass the question of whether France should do more to take ISIS fighters captured in the Middle East on to Macron. 

US President Donald Trump said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron gave "one of the greatest non-answers I have ever heard" at a joint news conference on Tuesday (December 3).

In response to a question posed to Trump by a US journalist, the US president said he would pass the question of whether France should do more to take ISIS fighters captured in the Middle East on to Macron, asking the French President in a light-hearted tone if he would like "some nice ISIS fighters."

The French president gave a long answer, in which he argued that foreign fighters from European countries were a small minority among ISIS troops, and that it would be unhelpful to focus on them rather than on the broader problem.

He said the priority was to finish the war against the militant group. Trump stated that this response from Macron was 'non-answer'.

Asked about NATO members which do not meet a target of spending 2% of economic output on defence, Trump said the alliance "has come a long way" adding that it has become "much fairer" as it lowered the US spending.