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Trump slams Macron for ‘insulting’ plan to build up Europe’s military

Trump slams Macron for ‘insulting’ plan to build up Europe’s military

Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which Macron talked about the need for a European army and listed the U.S. along with Russian Federation and China as a threat to national security. 'Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!' Trump responded.

French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to defuse a dispute with his USA counterpart, hailing the "great solidarity" between the two countries after Donald Trump blasted his proposals for a European army.

The US president arrived in Paris on Friday to participate in commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Mr Trump is still expected to attend a sombre commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to France's fallen under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Visiting heads of state will then gather for dinner in Paris in the evening.

The Elysee said the misunderstanding, which it said had been caused by "exaggerated" United States press reports, was cleared up during more than an hour of talks it described as "substantial" and "very constructive".

Macron's office on Saturday acknowledged that his remarks "could create confusion" but stressed: "He never said we need a European army against the United States".

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 United States for its security.

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Today, the presidential bromance is back in the spotlight amid Trump's visit to Paris and his somewhat angry tweet directed at the French president.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Paris, about an hour drive. "France and the USA have been side by side", another French official said, evoking World War I battlefields where US and French soldiers fought on the same side and the nations' joint operation against Syria earlier this year.

On Saturday, Macron and Merkel traveled to Compiegne in northeast France to unveil a plaque in the forest clearing where the World War 1 armistice was signed.

"(Their attendance) has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather", the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation lead by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.

Macron seemed eager to keep up a show of camaraderie, and asked about the tweet, he reached out to pat Trump on the thigh.

While 70 worldwide leaders will be in attendance, the only leader he will formally meet with is French President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Trump ordered the Pentagon to come up with plans for his own version, but they were eventually scrapped over concerns about costs and the damage tanks weighing many tons would do to the streets in Washington.

"What I find ironic is that Macron is basically just listening to what Trump is telling Europeans", Benjamin Haddad, a fellow at Hudson Institute who worked with Macron's campaign, told NPR. "It is at peace because we want it to be, because Germany and France want peace", Macron told several youngsters, with Merkel at his side, referring to the peace since the end of Second World War in 1945.