Trump lashed by critics after skipping military cemetery visit over rain

039;Very insulting': Trump bashes Macron's idea of European army for protection from Russia China & US

039;Very insulting': Trump bashes Macron's idea of European army for protection from Russia China & US

In a French radio interview on Tuesday, Macron had referred to Trump´s plans to pull the United States out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union force was needed to end Europe´s reliance on USA military might.

The dustup over European security, which threatened to divert attention from the weekend's somber remembrance ceremonies, was just the latest example of fallout from Trump's unpredictable brand of Twitter-assisted diplomacy.

In an interview published on Saturday by Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, Tusk also said he believed Trump wanted a world with "the United States on one side and on the other, a disparate collection of other countries".

On Saturday morning, Trump and Macron discussed their differences about European security.

Trump has long complained about uncompensated US defense spending that benefits allies, and earlier this year threatened to turn his back on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if members didn't boost their defense spending.

Macron is launching a peace forum Sunday to stress the importance of multilateral cooperation to prevent new world wars, but he also stressed the importance of investing in Europe's military forces.

Trump took offense at some idiot remarks that Macron made in a TV interview earlier in the week about an European Union "army" formed to defend against Russia, China, and the United States.

Their body language was less warm than during Trump´s last trip to Paris in July 2017 and Macron´s visit to the White House in April, underscoring a general cooling in relations which were further strained by a late-night tweet by Trump on defence.

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After Chancellor Angela Merkel briefly snuggled her head into the neck of Macron, the two went inside a replica of the train vehicle where the armistice was reached and put their names in a guestbook.

"And so the message, if we want to live up to the sacrifice of those soldiers who said 'Never again!', is to never yield to our weakest instincts, nor to efforts to divide us".

"We won't protect Europe if we don't decide to have a true European army".

One user reminded Trump of the 2,288 fallen soldiers at Aisne-Marne and how the French had renamed the cemetery "The Woods of the Marine Brigade". "I've seen what they have planned, and I think it's going to be something very, very special", he said. But their personal relationship has failed to make much difference when it comes to stopping Trump from pursuing policies Macron strongly opposes.

But while Trump and his lackeys want Europe to cough up more for defence, they are not year ready to countenance the idea of a Europe that is completely independent of United States in terms of defence.

The pro-business, pro-EU president is increasingly weakened domestically for unpopular economic policies and isolated in Europe, where nationalist groups have gained ground.

Trump, however, will not be attending.

Earlier leaving for Paris, the US President told reporters at the White House that it will be a "great, really, commemorative service".

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