Richard V Spencer, recently ousted secretary of the US Navy, has attacked Donald Trump in a scathing op-ed for The Washington Post, condemning his “shocking and unprecedented intervention” in military justice

Richard V Spencer, recently ousted secretary of the US Navy, has attacked Donald Trump in a scathing op-ed for The Washington Post, condemning his “shocking and unprecedented intervention” in military justice after he absolved Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher of a war crime.

The president is spending Thanksgiving at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago as it emerges he has spent an estimated $115m (£88.9m) of taxpayers’ money on golf trips since taking office, equivalent to 287 days of the president salary he prides himself on not taking.

The missiles flew for 236 miles at an altitude of 60 miles before crashing into waters between North Korea and Japan.

South Korea said the projectiles were launched from a site near Yonpo, a region where the North has an air base.

Mr Stoltenberg is set to meet Mr Macron in Paris today, where the two will discuss “the best way of raising the main issues in the current debate on Nato” at the summit, according to a spokesperson for the French president. These issues include “strengthening the unity of the alliance” and “Europeans assuming more responsibilities”.

Mr Stoltenberg defended the alliance this week at a ceremony to celebrate a $1 billion contract to modernise Nato’s fleet of Awacs reconnaissance planes. “Nato is adapting, Nato is agile, Nato is active and the modernisation of the Awacs aircraft is demonstrating the agility and the strength of Nato,” he said.

He said a welfare officer had been with the woman during her time at the police station and no pressure had been put on her to withdraw the allegation.

Police had acted within their powers at all times, allowing the woman breaks to visit the toilet, giving her water and caring for her welfare, the court found.

“I signed these bills out of respect for president Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all,” Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Hong Kong government said it ‘“strongly opposes and regrets” the legislation and that it would damage the city’s relationship with the US. The Hong Kong government added that the legislation would send the wrong signal to protesters, who the government regards as violent “rioters” pushing the city to the brink of collapse.