Macron says France is USA ally, not a vassal state

Macron totally missed the point when condemning nationalism

Mr Trump continued in a play on his own campaign slogan, before turning to what he slammed as protectionist French tariffs on USA wine - saying they were "not fair, must change!".

It may be safe to say and holding and dandruff dustings are a thing of the past between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron following a week of disagreements between the two centered around the French president's suggestion of an EU Army.

The US president's call to "make France great again" also came in for mockery from Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City defender who was in France's World Cup winning football team. "We were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people".

In them, he mocked Mr Macron's low approval ratings and threatened a trade war with France over wine tariffs.

But the personal rhetoric between the two men had always been friendly, in contrast with previous Franco-American disputes when French-bashing was sometimes on full display, such as during the war in Iraq that France opposed.

"So I'll reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate", Griveaux said.

That message was directed primarily at French voters drawn toward the National Rally (formerly National Front) of Marine Le Pen, who has made common cause with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in demonizing immigrants as the cause of most of Europe's woes and pushing for an end to the European Union's open-borders policy.

Trump's back and forth with European leaders isn't the only time in recent memory that the president has clashed with the US's closest allies during an global trip.

Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that "the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets".

"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russian Federation. But being an ally doesn't mean being a vassal state", Macron said.

On Tuesday, Trump fired off a caustic series of tweets against his weekend host and renewed his frequent charge that America's European allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spend too little on defense. "Very insulting", Trump wrote on Twitter, as Air Force One arrived in Paris on Friday (local time). He failed to persuade Mr Trump to keep the United States in...

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