Erdogan calls Macron's NATO comments 'unacceptable'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed as "unacceptable" recent remarks on NATO by French leader Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the alliance was experiencing "brain death" and deplored Turkey's actions in Syria.
Hosting his counterpart in the Oval Office, U.S. President Donald Trump said Erdogan was "very disappointed in the statement made by France" regarding NATO.
"I think that bothered the president very much. I think a lot of other people feel that way too," the AFP cited the U.S. leader as saying.
"Unacceptable," Erdogan added, speaking through an interpreter.
In an interview earlier this month, Macron decried what he called a lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and lamented recent unilateral action in Syria by Turkey, a NATO member.