Le Pen has reiterated her plans to withdraw from NATO
Speaking on Newsnight, the Front National leader claimed: “I think France should leave NATO allied command.
“I agree with Donald Trump when he says ’Nato is obsolete’ because Nato was created to fight the USSR.
“Today there is no USSR – I know it’s uncomfortable for some but there’s no more USSR.
“There’s Russia, which doesn’t deserve to be treated with prejudice. It hasn’t led any campaigns against European countries or the US.”
Days before his inauguration, Donald Trump criticised Nato for failing to defend against the rising threat of terror.
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NATO – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4th April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
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Every member country, no matter how large or small, has an equal say in discussions and decisions. Photo shows: Signing the North Atlantic Treaty which marked the beginning of NATO, 1949.
The US President told former Cabinet Minister Michael Gove: "I said a long time ago that Nato had problems. Number one it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago.
“Number two the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.
Trump made the claims about Nato just days before he became US President
“We’re supposed to protect countries, but a lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States.”
Nato has been criticised in recent months because some countries are not contributing enough to the alliance.
I agree with Donald Trump when he says ’Nato is obsolete’ because Nato was created to fight the USSR
Marine Le Pen
At the moment just the US, Britain, Greece, Poland and Estonia are spending the minimum target of two per cent of their GDP on defence, despite a commitment in 2014 from all 28 Nato members to reach the two per cent spending target by 2024.
Meanwhile, Le Pen told Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis “no one wants to go to war with anyone” following a series of questions about a possible Russian threat to Europe.
The Front National leader doesn't believe war is an evitable prospect despite global tensions
In a wide-ranging interview, Le Pen claimed she represented the policies of Trump and Putin and said the Russian leader’s intervention in Syria showed the country “is going broadly in the right direction”.
She added: “If Syria had fallen into the hands of Daesh like Libya has fallen into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, nothing could prevent the growth of Daesh.”