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Trump visit to London may be overshadowed by Macron

LONDON – Quarrels over defense spending, fights about trade and climate policy, rifts over Turkey’s actions in Syria, and Iran – President Donald Trump is in London for NATO meetings connected to the military alliance’s 70th anniversary.

But the president’s visit to Britain’s capital may be overshadowed Tuesday by direct talks scheduled with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. 

“Macron is seizing (the) moment, seeking to be disruptive in his own way, and so we will see how that works,” said Heather Conley, a foreign affairs expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. 

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Among Macron’s disruptions: Continuing to argue for the relevance of the Iran nuclear deal that Trump has withdrawn from; announcing at the end of August that Europe needed to seek a greater accommodation with Russia and China; and declaring in an interview in The Economist that NATO is experiencing “brain death,” a reference, in part to NATO member Turkey’s incursion into Kurdish-held Syria to root out fighters it considers terrorists but who had also been assisting U.S.-led forces battle the Islamic State group.