Trump says Macron’s call for European Army ‘very insulting’


Fresh off US congressional elections that saw his Republican Party's power erode, Trump is spending the weekend in Paris to bolster the US-European alliance at World War One remembrance ceremonies.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on November 7, 2018.

The French president, who tried but failed earlier this year to talk Trump out of withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has also voiced worries about the impact of sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran.

The French president added that Europe also has to protect itself "with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America".

For Sunday's anniversary, Trump was to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.

"I've seen what they have planned, and I think it's going to be something very, very special".

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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.

Trump, who has pushed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay more for their common defense and not rely so heavily on the United States, complained. Macron's office declined to comment on Trump's tweet. "And we look forward to that", Mr Trump told reporters before leaving the White House.

The United States and France were allies in both world wars and partners in the post-World War II security structure for Western Europe: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is composed of separate forces of varying strengths and capabilities of the member nations. 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.

Mr. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Friday in Paris that the US was concerned about stability in Europe and that Mr. Trump was not shirking from global engagement. Political and military analysts question whether European countries have the will, money or materiel to replace the raw power of the United States.

At the same time, Macron has increasingly been positioning himself as a bulwark against the rising tide of Trump-style populism across Europe, speaking out loudly against the dangers of nationalism and isolationist retreat.

According to Le Pen, a vocal critic of European institutions, Macron was the "defender of this new empire that is the European Union, and that crushes citizens living under its rule".