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Biden Doubts Enthusiasm For Warren In Iowa: ‘Give Me A Break’

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Traveling through Iowa with Joe Biden, a reporter asserted that one of his rival contenders for the Democratic nomination, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was enjoying enthusiasm in the early-voting state.

The former vice president scoffed.

“You don’t see that with Warren,” he shot back in the Monday exchange, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Stop kidding a kidder, OK? C’mon, man. Give me a break.”

While Biden is still leading the crowded pack of Democratic candidates nationally, he has struggled to resonate in Iowa. As of Sunday, the RealClear Politics polling average showed Biden with 16.3% of the Democratic vote in Iowa ― a dip of more than 1 percentage point from the previous month. Warren, who once dominated the state’s polls, remained slightly ahead of Biden with 17.7%, but her support has slipped 5 points in the previous month.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is on the rise in the state with 18.3% ― a 5-point increase from October. Meanwhile, Iowa front-runner Pete Buttigieg climbed to 24%.

The candidates have seen similar trajectories in New Hampshire, another early-voting state. But in Nevada and South Carolina, which also vote early in the primary cycle, Biden maintains a commanding lead over second-place Warren.

In his criticism Monday, Biden also took a swipe at Warren’s spending on advertising in Iowa. Warren’s spokesperson told HuffPost the “campaign is not on air” there, and ran no television ads during her 2018 Senate reelection.

Warren’s campaign hit back at Biden’s remarks on Monday night, tweeting that it had secured “2 million+ grassroots donations (and 90k+ selfies) for a candidate who’s never run for president before.” Warren, her campaign said, is “the fastest first-time presidential candidate ever to hit those milestones of grassroots enthusiasm.”

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Megathread: Appeals court refuses to block House subpoena for Trump’s financial records

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The House of Representatives can access President Trump’s private financial records from two banks, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, finding a “public interest” in refusing to block congressional subpoenas.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit came in the ongoing legal battle Trump has waged to shield his private business records from disclosure — including in two cases that have already reached the Supreme Court.

The New York-based appeals court upheld Congress’s broad investigative authority and ordered Deutsche Bank and Capital One to comply with the House subpoenas for the president’s financial information. The court gave the president seven days to seek review by the Supreme Court in the case pre-dates the public impeachment proceedings in the House.

In a 106-page ruling, the court said the House committees’ “interests in pursuing their constitutional legislative function is a far more significant public interest than whatever public interest inheres in avoiding the risk of a Chief Executive’s distraction arising from disclosure of documents reflecting his private financial transactions.”

The ruling is not stayed yet, but like the subpoenas to Trump’s accountants the president is likely to move for a stay pending higher court review.


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Gabrielle Union exit latest NBC debacle, points to ‘massive problem’ at Peacock Network, critics say

After months of withering criticism over a litany of #metoo allegations — from spiking sex assault stories to covering up for inexcusable in-house behavior — NBC is under fire yet again for “protecting powerful men,” this time over the way it handled now-former “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union’s controversial departure from the top-rated show.

Variety reported last month that the actress had spoken out against the alleged “toxic” workplace culture at the show before being shown the door, which critics now suggest was an unjust firing.

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Linda Vester, an ex-NBC correspondent and former Fox News anchor who has emerged as a #MeToo advocate after accusing NBC News legend Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct (a claim he denies), has repeatedly called for NBC to investigate the network’s laundry list of alleged cultural issues.

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Gabrielle Union’s departure from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is the latest in a series of issues at the Peacock Network. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“I think it’s pretty clear that NBC has a massive problem,” Vester told Fox News.

Union reportedly was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms and didn’t appreciate a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set. She allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department – but the request went ignored.

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In recent memory, NBC has been accused of covering for alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, turning a blind eye to former “Today” host Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct, sitting on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump making lewd comment about women, and shutting down author Sil Lai Abrams’ rape and sexual assault claims, among other allegations.

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NBC’s Andy Lack, Matt Lauer and Noah Oppenheim were all key figures in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill.”

NBC has denied wrongdoing at every turn, but Vester sees a pervasive issue at the Peacock Network.

“Gabrielle Union is just the latest victim of a toxic pattern of protecting powerful men while silencing women who dare to seek accountability. This is happening in the entertainment division, the news division, the stations division, and on and on,” Vester said.

As negative headlines began to surface and Time’s Up, a prominent women’s advocacy groupslammed NBC for repeatedly “protecting powerful men,” Deadline reported late Monday that Union will speak with NBC executives to discuss the latest scandal.

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NBC did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

Vester feels “NBC is rushing to quiet the furor about its culture problem” by meeting with Union directly.

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NBC has been accused of covering for alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

“Hopefully she’ll use the meeting to demand that the network do right by the non-famous female employees in other divisions who are being harassed, discriminated against and retaliated against right now. It’s not just about Gabrielle and ‘AGT,’ it’s all over the network,” Vester said.

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren recently signed a letter urging the Democratic National Committee to hold NBC accountable for its “toxic culture” after a series of sexual harassment scandals ahead of its Democratic primary debate last month – specifically related to Weinstein and Lauer. The 2020 Democratic candidates failed to force any changes at the network.

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After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC News chairman Andy Lack and his top deputy, Noah Oppenheim, famously refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way.

NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review. She declared that management was completely oblivious.

UltraViolet, a leading national women’s organization, has led protests outside NBC’s New York City headquarters urging an independent investigation – to no avail.

While many NBC critics focus on alleged sexual misconduct issues, Union’s supporters are determined to put a spotlight on discrimination, too.

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“For too long, NBCUniversal has enabled toxic workplaces by protecting the careers of powerful men like [former ‘Today’ host] Matt Lauer at the expense of women who speak out and are silenced through non-disclosure agreements,” Time’s Up stated in a petition on Monday. “Now, Gabrielle Union was allegedly fired for speaking up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered working on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Union reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, and it also appears she was punished for speaking out.”

Famed television producer Shonda Rhimes tweeted her support for Union, saying “discrimination, harassment & retaliation” have no place at the network.

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“I’m joining @TIMESUPNOW in calling on NBC’s leadership to take concrete and long-term action to fix its toxic culture,” Rhimes wrote.

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“AGT” hosts Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell. (Trae Patton/NBC)

Production company Fremantle, NBC and Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment, told People, “’America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.”

“The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously,” the statement continued.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Trump Offers France ‘Some Nice ISIS Fighters’ In Face-Off With Macron

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President Donald Trump engaged in a public sparring match with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, offering to release detained members of the self-declared Islamic State into France.

Trump, who is meeting with world leaders in London this week at a NATO summit, said that the U.S. has “a tremendous amount of captured ISIS fighters over in Syria, and they’re all under lock and key,” falsely claiming they are “mostly from Europe.”

In fact, a report released earlier this year from the inspectors general of the State Department, Defense Department and U.S. Agency for International Development stated that 8,000 of the approximately 10,000 prisoners in northeast Syria are either Syrian or Iraqi nationals. Only about 2,000 are from other countries, roughly 800 of whom are believed to have come from Europe. 

Still, Trump suggested that France take in the militants, asking Macron, “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you. You can take every one you want.”

Macron replied with a real-time fact check.

“Let’s be serious,” he said, pointing out that Syria and Iraq bear the lion’s share of the burden.

“It is true that you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem we have in the region,” he added.

Macron went on to stress that terrorism remains a threat, despite Trump’s repeated claims of having defeated ISIS in Syria. Trump used that assertion in justifying his decision to yank troops out of northern Syria in October, making way for a Turkish invasion. The move was widely condemned, receiving particular scrutiny from Macron.

“It’s not done,” Macron said Tuesday of the battle against terror. “I’m sorry to say that. Yes, you still have fighters in this region, in Syria and now in Iraq, and more and more.”

Hitting back at Macron’s response, Trump called it “one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard.”

The dustup came just after Trump slammed Macron’s “very, very nasty” remarks on NATO, which the French president said has suffered a “brain death” due to a void of American leadership.

“I think that’s insulting to a lot of different forces,” Trump said. “You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It’s very disrespectful.”

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Trump Offers France ‘Some Nice ISIS Fighters’ In Face-Off With Macron

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President Donald Trump engaged in a public sparring match with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, offering to release detained members of the self-declared Islamic State into France.

Trump, who is meeting with world leaders in London this week at a NATO summit, said that the U.S. has “a tremendous amount of captured ISIS fighters over in Syria, and they’re all under lock and key,” falsely claiming they are “mostly from Europe.”

In fact, a report released earlier this year from the inspectors general of the State Department, Defense Department and U.S. Agency for International Development stated that 8,000 of the approximately 10,000 prisoners in northeast Syria are either Syrian or Iraqi nationals. Only about 2,000 are from other countries, roughly 800 of whom are believed to have come from Europe. 

Still, Trump suggested that France take in the militants, asking Macron, “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you. You can take every one you want.”

Macron replied with a real-time fact check.

“Let’s be serious,” he said, pointing out that Syria and Iraq bear the lion’s share of the burden.

“It is true that you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem we have in the region,” he added.

Macron went on to stress that terrorism remains a threat, despite Trump’s repeated claims of having defeated ISIS in Syria. Trump used that assertion in justifying his decision to yank troops out of northern Syria in October, making way for a Turkish invasion. The move was widely condemned, receiving particular scrutiny from Macron.

“It’s not done,” Macron said Tuesday of the battle against terror. “I’m sorry to say that. Yes, you still have fighters in this region, in Syria and now in Iraq, and more and more.”

Hitting back at Macron’s response, Trump called it “one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard.”

The dustup came just after Trump slammed Macron’s “very, very nasty” remarks on NATO, which the French president said has suffered a “brain death” due to a void of American leadership.

“I think that’s insulting to a lot of different forces,” Trump said. “You just can’t go around making statements like that about NATO. It’s very disrespectful.”

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From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron’s Comments ‘Nasty’

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President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London.

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Sitting next to each other with cameras rolling on Tuesday, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron made their differences known on trade, Turkey, Russia, ISIS and the appropriate role for NATO.

Early on in the extended exchange between the leaders of two of the most significant powers in the NATO alliance, Trump expressed confidence that their personal connection could overcome policy disagreements.

“That’s usually the case with the two of us,” Trump said. “We get it worked out.”

But earlier in the day, when Macron was not sitting by his side, Trump had sharp words for the French president. Trump took umbrage with Macron’s recent assessment that the NATO alliance is experiencing “brain death.”

“That is a very, very, very nasty statement,” Trump said of Macron, who in an Economist interview last month questioned NATO’s strength “in light of the commitment of the United States.”

Trump repeatedly called NATO “obsolete” during his presidential campaign. The alliance was formed after World War II to create a bulwark against Soviet aggression. As president, Trump has badgered other countries in the 70-year-old alliance to boost their defense spending while complaining that the United States is carrying everyone else’s weight.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said during a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters at the start of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “And, frankly, the one that benefits, really the least, is the United States. We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. … And that’s why I think that when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, it’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

It was a shift in perspective for Trump, who has gone from constantly criticizing NATO and failing to explicitly endorse Article 5 — the mutual defense agreement — to now saying “NATO serves a great purpose” and taking credit for what he called improvements.

“NATO, which was really heading in the wrong direction three years ago, was heading down, if you look at a graph. It was to a point where I don’t think they could have gotten on much longer,” Trump said. “Now it’s actually very strong and getting stronger.”

Trump attributes this to countries stepping up and bulking up their defense budgets, “I think really at my behest.”

While meeting with Trump, Macron did not pull his punches. “But when you speak about NATO, it’s not just about money. We have to be respectful,” Macron said in one of several moments of pointed contrast.

Trump and Macron have had a generally good relationship, even as they disagree strongly on climate policy and the Iran nuclear agreement, among other things. Another item putting that relationship to the test is trade.

On the eve of the NATO gathering, the Trump administration proposed 100% tariffs on nearly $2.5 billion in French goods, cheese and wine. The tariffs would serve as retaliation for the French Digital Services Tax, which the U.S. trade representative says discriminates against U.S. tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google.

“Emmanuel had an idea: Let’s tax those companies. Well, they’re American companies,” Trump said. “I’m not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anyone’s going to take advantage of the American companies, it’s going to be us. It’s not going to be France.”

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18,000 year-old puppy frozen in permafrost discovered

YAKUTSK, Russia (AP) — Russian scientists on Monday showed off a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, found in permafrost in the country’s Far East.

Discovered last year in a lump of frozen mud near the city of Yakutsk, the puppy is unusually well-preserved, with its hair, teeth, whiskers and eyelashes still intact.

“This puppy has all its limbs, pelage – fur, even whiskers. The nose is visible. There are teeth. We can determine due to some data that it is a male,” Nikolai Androsov, director of the Northern World private museum where the remains are stored, said at the presentation at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum which specializes in ancient specimens.

In recent years, Russia’s Far East has provided many riches for scientists studying the remains of ancient animals. As the permafrost melts, affected by climate change, more and more parts of woolly mammoths, canines and other prehistoric animals are being discovered. Often it is mammoth tusk hunters who discover them.

“Why has Yakutia come through a real spate of such unique findings over the last decade? First, it’s global warming. It really exists, we feel it, and local people feel it strongly. Winter comes later, spring comes earlier,” Sergei Fyodorov, scientist with the North Eastern Federal University, told The Associated Press.

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This is a handout photo taken on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, showing a 18,000 years old Puppy found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, on display at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum, Russia. Russian scientists have presented a unique prehistoric canine, believed to be 18,000 years old and found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, to the public on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. (Sergei Fyodorov, Yakutsk Mammoth Museum via AP)

“And the second very serious, deep reason, of why there a lot of finds is the very high price of mammoth tusk in the Chinese market.”

When the puppy was discovered, scientists from the Stockholm-based Center for Palaeogenetics took a piece of bone to study its DNA.

“The first step was of course to send the sample to radio carbon dating to see how old it was and when we got the results back it turned out that it was roughly 18,000 years old,” Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the center, said in an online interview.

Further tests, however, left the scientists with more questions than answers — they couldn’t definitively tell whether it was a dog or a wolf.

“We have now generated a nearly complete genome sequence from it and normally when you have a two-fold coverage genome, which is what we have, you should be able to relatively easily say whether it’s a dog or a wolf, but we still can’t say and that makes it even more interesting,” Dalén said.

He added that the scientists are about to do a third round of genome sequencing, which might solve the mystery.

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Appeals court rules banks must comply with subpoena for Trump financial records

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision allowing congressional committees to subpoena financial records pertaining to President Trump, his children, the Trump Organization and other entities.

The ruling from the Second Circuit Court of appeals calls for the subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank AG and Capitol One Financial Corporation from the House Intelligence and Financial Services Committees to be enforced, which would allow the committees to obtain the records.

The documents may not include the president’s personal tax returns, as Deutsche Bank claimed they do not have them. The Capitol One subpoena does not list individuals by name but allows for seeking records of the entities’ principals, directors, officers, or shareholders.

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“The mandate shall issue forthwith, but compliance with the three subpoenas and the procedure to be implemented on remand is stayed for seven days to afford Appellants an opportunity to apply to the Supreme Court or a Justice thereof for an extension of the stay,” ruled Judge Jon O. Newman, anticipating that Trump will fight the ruling.

This is the very route that other cases involving Trump’s financial records have taken. Other circuit court decisions centered on subpoenas for records that do include Trump’s tax returns were immediately challenged, with the president applying for stays from the Supreme Court, which were granted as the justices determine whether or not to hear the cases.

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Those cases involved subpoenas issued to accounting firm Mazars USA, ordering them to turn over Trump’s tax returns. One stemmed from action from the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee and another from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney.

The Supreme Court granted temporary stays on the subpoenas in both of those cases but have yet to issue decisions on how they will proceed.

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Sports Illustrated model-turned history teacher accused of sleeping with student

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A married history teacher at an elite boys school in South Africa engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five students, according to an investigation completed Monday.

Fiona Viotti, 30, was also a water polo coach at the Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town between 2013 and 2019, when she allegedly slept with the students and sent them explicit photos and videos — some of which made the rounds on social media and on PornHub, News24 reported.

The former model and teenage water polo star — who appeared in South African Sports Illustrated in 2009 as one of its “Beauties of Sport” — resigned in October amid allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student.

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The posh boarding school later said Viotti may have been involved with several other students.

When announcing the findings of the investigation Monday, headmaster Guy Pearson said no disciplinary action could be taken against Viotti since she had resigned.

Dozens of pupils, staffers and parents were interviewed for the investigation, conducted by independent lawyers.

Viotti, whose grandfather was Bishops’ headmaster for 18 years until 1982, refused to be interviewed, according to the school.

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Her lawyer, William Booth, told the Times of London she was still in a “fragile state” and was receiving medical treatment after learning the videos she shared were illegally uploaded to the porn site. They have since been removed.

“She was in no position to make a statement and this is not a criminal matter,” Booth said.

None of the students involved were under 16, the age of consent in South Africa, Booth said.

No criminal charges have been filed. Parents of the affected students were informed of their rights, the school said.

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It was determined that Viotti had breached the Bishops Code of Professional Conduct for Teaching Staff and the Code of Professional Ethics issued by the South African Council of Educators.

“As a school we are deeply saddened by these events and remain committed to ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of those affected,” Pearson said in a statement.

Viotti was married a little over a year ago, but has reportedly since separated.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post

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From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron’s Comments ‘Nasty’

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President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London.

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Sitting next to each other with cameras rolling on Tuesday, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron made their differences known on trade, Turkey, Russia, ISIS and the appropriate role for NATO.

Early on in the extended exchange between the leaders of two of the most significant powers in the NATO alliance, Trump expressed confidence that their personal connection could overcome policy disagreements.

“That’s usually the case with the two of us,” Trump said. “We get it worked out.”

But earlier in the day, when Macron was not sitting by his side, Trump had sharp words for the French president. Trump took umbrage with Macron’s recent assessment that the NATO alliance is experiencing “brain death.”

“That is a very, very, very nasty statement,” Trump said of Macron, who in an Economist interview last month questioned NATO’s strength “in light of the commitment of the United States.”

Trump repeatedly called NATO “obsolete” during his presidential campaign. The alliance was formed after World War II to create a bulwark against Soviet aggression. As president, Trump has badgered other countries in the 70-year-old alliance to boost their defense spending while complaining that the United States is carrying everyone else’s weight.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said during a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters at the start of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “And, frankly, the one that benefits, really the least, is the United States. We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. … And that’s why I think that when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, it’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

It was a shift in perspective for Trump, who has gone from constantly criticizing NATO and failing to explicitly endorse Article 5 — the mutual defense agreement — to now saying “NATO serves a great purpose” and taking credit for what he called improvements.

“NATO, which was really heading in the wrong direction three years ago, was heading down, if you look at a graph. It was to a point where I don’t think they could have gotten on much longer,” Trump said. “Now it’s actually very strong and getting stronger.”

Trump attributes this to countries stepping up and bulking up their defense budgets, “I think really at my behest.”

While meeting with Trump, Macron did not pull his punches. “But when you speak about NATO, it’s not just about money. We have to be respectful,” Macron said in one of several moments of pointed contrast.

Trump and Macron have had a generally good relationship, even as they disagree strongly on climate policy and the Iran nuclear agreement, among other things. Another item putting that relationship to the test is trade.

On the eve of the NATO gathering, the Trump administration proposed 100% tariffs on nearly $2.5 billion in French goods, cheese and wine. The tariffs would serve as retaliation for the French Digital Services Tax, which the U.S. trade representative says discriminates against U.S. tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google.

“Emmanuel had an idea: Let’s tax those companies. Well, they’re American companies,” Trump said. “I’m not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anyone’s going to take advantage of the American companies, it’s going to be us. It’s not going to be France.”

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