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Trump trolls French President Emmanuel Macron, offers to give him ‘some nice IS fighters’ at the NATO summit

President Donald Trump shares a relationship with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that often blows hot and cold. While Trump honored Macron as his administration’s first state visitor in 2018, it was also in the same year that Macron had said that calls with the American president are like sausages, implying that it is better not to know their content. The two presidents have also had differences over international affairs while they have also come together at other times.

On Tuesday, December 3, Trump and Macron were together at the 2019 Nato summit in London and there, the duo got involved in an absorbing exchange over the Islamic State (IS) prisoners. The maverick American president was then heard accusing his counterpart of giving “one of the greatest non-answers” he has ever got. 

What was the issue to have triggered the latest exchange between the two leaders? 

It was Trump who had suggested during a bilateral meeting with Macron at the summit that France should be taking in more IS fighters after they are captured in the Middle East. The issue has remained a reason for tension for both the allies. Trump, who has followed a less-engaging path in foreign affairs, is of the opinion that the IS extremists should be returned to their home countries and they should try them instead of the US. 

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