President Trump and Melania land in London ahead of pivotal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

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In turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Macron, and their very public argument bodes ill for a summit hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is deep into an electoral campaign and desperately wants to smooth things over.

Last month, France's President Emmanuel Macron kicked off a sharp debate over NATO's future when he suggested the military alliance was suffering from "brain death" due to a lack of co-ordination and communication among members.

"All NATO countries are obliged to support the reform of the alliance, this will allow a more principled and decisive fight against terrorist organisations", he added.

Erdogan is sticking to a policy to defeat Kurdish fighters in Syria that fought alongside the United States, even holding up approval of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military plans to defend the Baltics and Poland in protest.

"Yesterday, I talked to the Polish president".

Formal Nato events will begin with a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen on Tuesday evening.

"With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there as well", he said.

A five-minute press briefing on Tuesday morning with the Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the USA ambassador's residence in London turned into an nearly hour-long frenzied press conference.

"I'm changing that and I'm changing it very rapidly".


U.S. President Donald Trump said a trade agreement with China might have to wait until after the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, denting hopes of a quick resolution to the dispute which has weighed on the world economy.

"The question is, as we celebrate 70 years, are we waving in celebration or do people think we are drowning?" said a senior European NATO diplomat.

On Russia, Stoltenberg called for a policy of combined deterrence and dialogue. "We are faced with a paradox", Stoltenberg told Reuters.

Differences among the leaders have emerged over funding and strategic decisions.

The political and military alliance now has 29 member countries.

His frustration over a USA decision to pull troops from Syria in October, thereby setting the stage for Turkey's unilateral offensive there against the YPG militia, prompted Macron to describe the alliance as "experiencing brain death", as he decried a lack of strategy.

Charles and the monarch will then join the politicians for a group photograph.

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