WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 03rd December, 2019) President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron appeared at odds on Tuesday during a press conference in London when the two leaders discussed efforts to take back citizens who joined the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia).
The quip produced a brief moment of tension, when Macron replied: "Let's be serious."
Trump then praised Macron's political savvy in delivering what he called a great non-answer to a question on whether France would take back citizens who joined the IS terror group.
When asked whether France should do more to return IS terrorists, Macron said jailed European fighters, many captured by US-allied Kurdish allies in Syria, represent a minor problem compared with an ongoing buildup of Islamic State terrorists on the ground in both Syria and Iraq.
"The No. 1 priority," Macron said, "is to get rid of ISIS [Islamic State]."
Trump then replied: "This is why you're a great politician because that was one of the greatest non answers I've ever heard. But that's OK."
The estimate does not include thousands of Islamic State terrorists in Iraqi prisons.