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Le Pen Criticizes Trump for Backing Down

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Friday U.S. President Donald Trump had apparently changed his mind on the U.S.’s role as the world’s policeman, adding he may have been swayed by his administration.

During an interview on France Info radio, National Front leader Le Pen — whom opinion polls say would win the first round of the election on April 23, but lose the runoff to any rival on May 7 — was played a recording of the U.S. president’s remarks on Wednesday in which he said the NATO military alliance was “no longer obsolete” in fighting terrorism.

Trump made the comments at a White House press conference after meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Trump had said in January that NATO was “obsolete.”

“Undeniably he is in contradiction with the commitments he had made,” Le Pen said. Among her key proposals, the French far-right candidate wants France to quit NATO.

“I am coherent, I don’t change my mind in a few days. He had said he would not be the policeman of the world, that he would be the president of the United States and would not be the policeman of the world, but it seems today that he has changed his mind,” she said.

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Feature image: By Blandine Le Cain (Meeting 1er mai 2012 Front National) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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