Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France

Flag commemorating the Franc Russian alliance before WWI

Mr. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Friday in Paris that the us was concerned about stability in Europe and that Mr. Trump was not shirking from global engagement.

Trump was referring to the recent interview Macron gave to Europe 1 radio, in which he outlined the idea of a combined European army that would be able to protect Europe from Russia, China... and the US.

Trump arrived in France late on Friday (US time), days after Americans delivered a split referendum on his presidency in the midterm congressional election, keeping the Senate in his party's control but ceding the House to opposition Democrats.

"Very insulting", he added, "but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" As he arrived, Mr. Trump tweeted that Macron "has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

He is set to spend the weekend in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.

Trump's official mission on the trip is to participate in ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Macron's office declined to comment on Trump's tweet.

Proponents say the coalition would not conflict with the nearly 70-year-old, US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump.

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

"I don't think that this defense identity will start with an European Union army", Schinas said on Tuesday.

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 USA politicians, Macron indicated.

The statement reads in part, "The Nigerian President will join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action". The pair are expected to meet during the G-20 meeting later this month in Argentina, and the White House has invited Putin to visit Washington.

Macron had made the remark Tuesday but Trump waited until he was in town to trash talk the French president.



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