'Where are Merkel and Macron?' Donald Trump launches scathing attack on EU leaders

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The US President addressed reporters at a press conference as he celebrated New Year’s Eve with wife Melania Trump. When asked about the impeachment proceedings initiated by the Democrats against him in 2019, Donald Trump branded them a “hoax” and took the opportunity to launch an attack on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. 

He said: “We have to check corruption and we also have to find out why is it that the United States is always giving foreign countries money and Germany and France and all of Europe they’re not doing much.

“In fact, they’re not doing anything relative to this.

“Why is it always the United States? I’ve been asking you those questions and making those statements for a long time, to everybody standing here.

“Nobody ever mentions that. That was part of it, in fact, that was in the transcript also.

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“I talk about a very good woman to be honest with you, Chancellor Merkel, but I say where is Chancellor Merkel?

“Where is President Macron of France? Why aren’t they putting up money?

“Why is always the United States? Nobody ever covers that but that’s a great factor.

“I think it’s going to go very quickly and I think it’s going to go very easily.

‘We have tremendous Republican support. What the Democrats did in the House was a mistake.”

The US President has often denounced EU leaders over their countries’ contribution to the NATO defence budget.

In December 2019, President Trump lashed out at the French President and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the two leaders were filmed mocking the US President at the NATO summit in London.

He condemned the pair after a Twitter user highlighted their countries’ job losses.

The Twitter user wrote: “So, let me get this straight. Canada lost 71,000 jobs last month (equivalent to US losing 500,000) and Paris is shutdown from massive strike over awful economy and governance.

“But Trudeau & Macron found time to snicker at Trump? Really?”

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Mr Trump replied: “They were just upset that I demanded they pay their fair share for NATO.

“Their countries are delinquent. I raised $ 530 Billion more from NATO countries!”

Video footage emerged on the eve of the NATO summit on December 3 of President Macron and Mr Trudeau mocking the US President.

Mr Trump quickly lashed out at Mr Trudeau – whom he has been engaged in a long-running furious war of words – accusing him of being “two-faced” during a press conference after a meeting of NATO leaders the following day.

The US President told reporters: “Well, he’s two-faced. No, honestly Trudeau is a nice guy. I find him a very nice guy.

“But you know the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying two percent and I guess he’s not very happy about it.

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