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Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France

10 November 2018, 08:45 | Darnell Patrick

Emmanuel Macron unveils European defence coalition

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Renault Maubeuge Construction Automobile factory in Maubeuge France

Trump's tweet, issued shortly after he arrived in the French capital Paris, comes days after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Europe should create its own army to protect itself from potential enemies including Russia, China - and the United States.

Macron this week said in a radio interview that a "strong and sovereign Europe" was needed to defend the continent's interests against China, Russia and "even the U.S".

"But perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly!" he tweeted.

Mr Macron was speaking in Verdun, northeast France on Tuesday, as part of a week-long tour of battlefields leading up to First World War Armistice centenary commemorations in Paris on Sunday.

Actually, whaat Macron said on French radio on Tuesday was that Europe needed a real army to reduce reliance on the United States for defense in the face of a resurgent Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels a year ago.

Trump, who has pursued "America First" policies since taking over the presidency in January 2017, declared himself a "nationalist" during the run-up to the congressional elections, a term likely to raise concerns in Europe.

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

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"We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army", he continued.

Macron told Europe 1 radio that the "main victim" of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF accord was Europe and its security.

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.

Macron's push to bring together a core 10-nation coalition of the willing "was born out of French impatience with the EU's efforts at defence co-operation", known as Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco) says The Economist.

Both Trump and Mr Macron are scheduled to meet on Saturday morning at the French President's official residence, Élysée Palace, in Paris.

The row over European Union defence risks overshadowing commemorations to be attended by 70 world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "I think it's going to be something very special".

The isolationist United States leader has, however, ducked out of a peace conference Sunday afternoon, which Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism. "And we look forward to that", Mr. Trump told reporters Friday before leaving the White House.



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