Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump

BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron shocked allies in an interview published on Thursday, saying that he did not know whether NATO’s commitment to collective defense is still valid and that the alliance is experiencing “brain death” because of a lack of strategic coordination and leadership from the United States.

“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron told The Economist magazine. He said the United States under President Trump appears to be “turning its back on us,” notably by pulling troops out of northeast Syria without notice, and he called on Europeans, as he has often done, to do more in their own defense with the aim of “strategic autonomy.’’

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