Reports that President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from NATO over a dispute about defense spending are untrue, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.
“President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO,” Macron told reporters at the NATO summit in Brussels, according to The Associated Press.
Macron’s denial came in response to reports from Politico, Reuters and other outlets that Trump had made the threat during a morning meeting of NATO leaders. The reports, which cited unnamed NATO officials, quoted Trump as saying Washington “will do our own thing” or “go it alone” if allies don’t come up with a plan to boost spending by January 2019.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also denied that Trump had threatened to pull out of NATO.