Monday, 10 December, 2018

Trump erroneously accuses French President Emmanuel Macron of ‘very insulting’ comments

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018 Le Pen Faults Macron for'Empire Ambitions as He Calls for Single European Army
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 05:28

Trump's reaction is likely to add to strains in transatlantic relations, which will be under the spotlight this weekend as 70 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's Vladimir Putin, gather in Paris to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.

Emmanuel Macron's relationship building with Donald Trump hasn't got him very far.

Discussing cybersecurity threats and global instability in general, Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against China, Russia and the United States.

The rationale behind the idea of creating a European army, which has been floated repeatedly through the years but has yet to materialize, is to lessen Europe's dependence on the whims of the United States politicians, Macron indicated.

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.

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly", Trump said on Twitter as he arrived in France to meet with Macron.

The president, joined by his wife Melania and high-ranking U.S. officials, arrived late on Friday aboard Air Force One for a visit that he called "very special" and one that he "looked forward to".

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For Sunday's anniversary, Mr Trump is to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.

His trip comes just days after congressional elections delivered results that will complicate his next two years.

The relationship between Trump and Macron, once described as a "bromance", has long since soured amid the USA imposing steep tariffs on EU imports and threatening European businesses with secondary sanctions for dealing with Iran.

He planned to meet Mr Macron on Saturday for talks on topics expected to include European security, Syria and Iran.

"Faced with Russian Federation, which is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening - I want to build a real security dialog with Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, a European country - but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States". Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Trump returned the favour, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement he signed and made available to DAILY POST on Friday said the forum was organised by the French Government and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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