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

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

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

"I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".

Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in France.

Their meeting Saturday, however, included declarations of friendship but lacked their previous over-the-top displays of warmth.

It's a sign of the increasingly different view Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have towards multilateral institutions.

One of the French president's closest political allies attacked Trump on Saturday morning.

Macron went on to make the case for a "true European army" that would give Europe strategic autonomy, meaning that it would no longer have to depend on the USA for its security. Trump and Macron had presented their relationship as a good friendship in the earlier days of Macron's ascension as president of France.

Macron has been an outspoken critic of Trump's "America First" policies and his decisions to pull out of global agreements such as the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and most recently a nuclear arms treaty.

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"I don't know that we're seeing each other in Paris, but we may", Mr Trump said.

President Donald Trump is shifting his postelection focus with a weekend trip to Paris, joining an global commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. He wasted no time mixing it up with his host, tweeting as he arrived in France that President Emmanuel Macron had made an "insulting" proposal to build up Europe's military to counter the U.S., China and Russian Federation.

The primary objective of the president's visit, according to the administration official, will be attending ceremonies around the centennial commemoration of the end of World War I.

Trump, who is visiting France with his wife Melania for the second time since becoming president, was referring to a call made by Macron on Tuesday for a "real European army".

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly", Trump added, returning to his repeated demand that European nations do more to help fund the Western alliance.

The French official, who was not authorized to be publicly named, says Trump lumped together two different comments by the French president.

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out - erroneously - at French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, saying it was "very insulting" for him to suggest Europe should create its own army to protect itself from potential adversaries. Later, Macron reiterated that Europe needs to build up its own military because it can no longer depend on the US for defense.

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