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

Leroy Wright
November 10, 2018

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.

In the touchdown tweet, Trump suggested Europe first pay "its fair share" of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation before contemplating a Europe-wide force.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were expected to visit several memorial sites in France that are dedicated to American service members. Trump stared at the journalists but did not respond before entering the presidential limousine. Europe and its security. He has also emphasized that the United States needs to take care of itself first before the needs of other nations, rejecting the concept of globalism.

He will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918, between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

But in a tweet prior to landing in Paris, Trump took a dim view of comments Macron made in a Europe 1 radio interview this week.

US President Donald Trump has unloaded on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, calling the French president's idea of a 'real European army, ' independent from Washington, an insult.

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Mr Macron, who is an ardent advocate of closer European integration, said a joint European Union military force was needed to wean Europe off American might, not least after Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.

Nine defense ministers from European countries are discussing how such a new global force would operate.

"It should be a very handsome period of time, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. We have many countries - the leadership from many countries will be there, especially since they heard the United States will be there".

The rationale behind the idea of creating a European army, which has been floated repeatedly through the years but has yet to materialize, is to lessen Europe's dependence on the whims of the United States politicians, Macron indicated. Political and military analysts question whether European countries have the will, money or materiel to replace the raw power of the United States.

On Sunday, they will gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly a century after the armistice that ended hostilities.

On Saturday morning, Macron and Trump will hold bilateral talks on issues expected to include Syria and Iran before lunching with Melania and Macron's wife Brigitte.

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