Trump, arriving in Paris, lashes out at Macron over defense remarks

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018

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.

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

Macron called Tuesday for a "real European army" to better defend itself "against Russian Federation and even the United States", Agence France Presse reported.

Mr Macron said: "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US".

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

"At some point in time, probably down at the end of this process, we may see something that people already describe as an EU army or an EU pooling of resources to make this EU defense identity more visible and more meaningful", Schinas said.

"We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the U.S.".

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He is set to spend the weekend in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from USA tariffs. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both publicly questioned whether Europe can depend on the come to its aid in the event of war.

Earlier this summer, Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe, which retaliated with similar duties on American products including bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In July, Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced they would halt the tit-for-tat penalties and proceed with additional negotiations.

The Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran over European opposition, blacklisting hundreds of Iranian firms and individuals.

"We won't protect Europeans if we don't decide to have a real European army", he added. That effort hasn't yet yielded results, and the Trump administration has warned that countries hosting a so-called "special goal vehicle" to subvert the sanctions could face penalties themselves. "And we look forward to that", Mr Trump told reporters before leaving the White House.

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".

"During his visit to Paris, President Buhari will attend a luncheon hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France in honour of visiting heads of delegations". 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.

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