During a press conference at Monday's NATO meeting in London, President Trump again brought up the issue of European countries not wanting to take back ISIS fighters from their countries. Trump asked French President Macron: "Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I could give them to you."
"It is true you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem," Macron replied.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I haven't asked that to the president today. I have over a period of time. We have a tremendous amount of captured fighters, ISIS fighters over in Syria. And, they're all under lock and key but many are from France, many are from Germany. Many are from UK. They are mostly from Europe. And some of the countries are agreeing--I have not spoken to the president about that.
Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you.
MACRON: You can take every one you want. Let's be serious. Very large number of fighters (INAUDIBLE) fighters coming from Syria, from Iraq from (INAUDIBLE) to have foreign fighters coming from Europe. It is a timeline (INAUDIBLE) problem we have (INAUDIBLE) related. And, I think number one priority because it is not (INAUDIBLE) get rid of ISIS. These are our number one priority. And, it's not yet done. I'm sorry to say that. Yes, you still have fighters in this region. In Syria and now in Iraq and more and more. The whole (INAUDIBLE) makes the situation more difficult to fix the situation against ISIS.
Second, some of these foreign fighters are being (INAUDIBLE) in Iraq because of the (INAUDIBLE) and we would have a case by case (INAUDIBLE) for children or (INAUDIBLE) and we will have a case by case (INAUDIBLE) is to finish war against ISIS. And--and--and don't make any mistake. Your number one problem are not the foreign fighters. This is the (INAUDIBLE) and you have more and more fighters due to the situation today.
TRUMP: This is why he's a great politician because that was one of the greatest non-answers I've ever heard. And, that's ok.