Trump calls French President Macron's idea for a European army 'very insulting'

Trump calls French President Macron's idea for a European army 'very insulting'

Trump calls French President Macron's idea for a European army 'very insulting'

Nevertheless, a senior French source said: "It's really important to have the British on board, not just because they have the most capable, rapidly deployable armed forces along with our own, but also because we share the same strategic culture and history of projecting force outside Europe". "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the United States subsidises greatly!"

Trump, Macron UK Prime Minister Theresa May and scores of other heads of state and government will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I this weekend.

Trump's talks with Macron at Elysee Palace are likely to cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and U.S. renewal of sanctions against Iran. Mr. Trump's visit comes on the heels of midterm elections in which Americans delivered a split referendum on his presidency, keeping the Senate in his party's control but ceding the House to opposition Democrats.

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"Confronted by Russian Federation, which is on our borders and which has shown itself willing to be threatening, we need to have a Europe that can better defend itself by itself and in a sovereign way, without depending exclusively on the United States", he said.

For Sunday's anniversary, Trump was to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe. "And we look forward to that", Trump told reporters on Friday before leaving the White House. "I think the enduring lesson (of World War I) for the United States is that when you become a global power. you have global interests to protect", Bolton said.

"At some point in time, probably down at the end of this process, we may see something that people already describe as an EU army or an EU pooling of resources to make this EU defense identity more visible and more meaningful", Schinas said.

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The White House and the Kremlin had previously considered a formal meeting in Paris. European leaders say maintaining trade ties is essential to keep Iran from exiting the deal and restarting development of nuclear weapons.

Macron's office declined to comment on Trump's tweet.

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".

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Macron had made the remark Tuesday but Trump waited until he was in town to trash talk the French president.

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