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Donald Trump hits back at Emmanuel Macron for European army proposal

10 November, 2018, 12:44 | Author: Ted Wilson
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U.S. President Donald Trump, who just arrived in Paris for WWI 100th anniversary commemorations, said Friday that French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion of Europe building its own military to protect itself from the U.S. and other nations "very insulting".

Trump sent a tweet calling Macron's proposal "very insulting" as the USA president's plane landed Friday evening for celebrations with world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US", Macron said at the time.

Macron has been an outspoken critic of Trump's "America First" policies and his decisions to pull out of worldwide agreements such as the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and most recently a nuclear arms treaty. "Europe and its security", Macron told French radio Station One.

Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Mr. Trump returned the favor, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency. In response to threats from Russia, Macron argued: "We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner".

He will attend the Paris Peace Forum being held to commemorate the centenary of the end to the First World War.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Friday downplayed Trump's decision not to attend the inaugural Paris Peace Forum - to be attended by Putin and Erdogan - telling reporters in Paris the president had "a lot of pressing issues" to attend to.

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"It should be a very lovely period of time, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. We have many countries - the leadership from many countries will be there, especially since they heard the United States will be there".

Trump and Macron are schedule to have bilateral meeting during his stay in France.

Trump, who has pushed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay more for their common defense and not rely so heavily on the United States, complained. "I think it's going to be something very special".

Landing in Paris, he picked a fight with France's President Macron.

Trump had been itching for a fight in the morning too, taking questions and hurling insults during a pop-up presser on the White House lawn as he headed out of town.

Trump will see Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since their summit earlier this year in Helsinki, though White House officials downplayed the encounter, saying Trump doesn't plan extensive talks with Putin over a weekend that mostly will be devoted to ceremonies. "I don't know that we're seeing each other in Paris, but we may", Trump said. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from USA tariffs.

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