Trump Begins Paris Visit With Attack on France’s Emmanuel Macron

Trump Begins Paris Visit With Attack on France’s Emmanuel Macron

Trump Begins Paris Visit With Attack on France’s Emmanuel Macron

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation", the US president tweeted as his plane landed in the French capital.

"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.

Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron voiced plans to build a single European army to boost the EU's defence capability as well as military independence from the United States.

Trump launched a broadside at Macron via his preferred medium of conducting foreign policy - Twitter.

At that meeting, Mr Trump would not say whether he believed Mr Putin or United States intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

During an interview with radio station Europe 1 he said the trade bloc needed to be less reliant on the U.S., particularly following Trump's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). "We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S".

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US President Trump is heading to Paris on Friday for a weekend of ceremonies to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

Mr Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the USA relationship with the continent.

Trump has demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries spend more on their own defense and has questioned whether the US should remain in the alliance.

Trump and Macron also have extensive differences over trade and USA sanctions on Iran.

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

Debating whether the United Kingdom should continue to defend its Western European allies, as it did throughout the 20 century, or take a more detached position, RT Howard in the Daily Telegraph argues "there is one compelling reason why our strategic ties with Western Europe now deserve to be closer than ever before". European leaders say maintaining trade ties is essential to keep Iran from exiting the deal and restarting development of nuclear weapons. "And we look forward to that", Trump told reporters on Friday before leaving the White House. 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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