US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Iran was killing thousands of people for protesting and urged the world to take more notice.
“Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak, that is why they cut off the internet so people can’t see what is going on,” Trump said during a visit to London for a NATO Summit.
“Not just small numbers which are bad, big numbers which are really bad, and really big numbers … It is a terrible thing and the world has to be watching.”
He also declared that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s criticism of NATO as “brain dead” was very insulting, adding that he could see France breaking off from NATO which he described as a surprise because he believes it needs more protection than anybody else.
“I do see France breaking off,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with the head of NATO in London.
“I’m looking at him (French President Emmanuel Macron) and I’m saying that he needs protection more than anybody and I see him breaking off. So I’m a little surprised at that.”
Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London to mark the alliance’s 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining the military organization’s credibility.
Trump also criticized Democrats at the opening of the NATO meeting calling the impeachment push by his rivals “unpatriotic” and “a bad thing for our country.”
Trump, who commented while meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, has criticized Democrats for holding an impeachment hearing while he is abroad.
“I think it’s very unpatriotic of the Democrats to put on a performance,” Trump said. “I think it’s a bad thing for our country.”