Trump set for tough NATO meetings under impeachment cloud

President Donald Trump will be spending Wednesday meeting with world leaders at the NATO summit near London, as the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The President spent Tuesday in a series of meetings headlined by a clash with a key ally -- France -- while praising an alliance member many other NATO members are concerned about -- Turkey.

Trump was particularly critical of French President Emmanuel Macron's comments last month that NATO was facing a "brain death" caused by American indifference to the transatlantic alliance. In a morning meeting, Trump said the comments were "nasty" and "insulting." Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

Trump expressed gratitude toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite Macron's concerns over the country's recent actions in Syria and its acquisition of the S-400 missile system.

Trump said Tuesday that he was not focused on impeachment while abroad but also spent portions of his busy day telling members of the press that the inquiry was a "hoax" and sharing several tweets about impeachment.

Between tea with Prince Charles and opening receptions around London later that evening, House Democrats released findings from their impeachment hearings, which claimed evidence of Trump's misconduct and obstruction of Congress is "overwhelming" and charged that Trump's conduct toward Ukraine compromised national security.

(Source: CNN)



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