Trump Mocks Macron’s Euro Army Idea: ‘They Were Learning German in Paris Before U.S. Came Along’


President Donald Trump lashed out at French President Emmanuel Macron, and took a not-so-veiled shot at the very character of the French people Tuesday morning.

After spending much of the past weekend in Paris together, in what can be reasonably called a failed diplomatic reset, Trump hit at Macron’s suggestion of a joint European military force designed to protect European countries from a threat of the United States, China and Russia.

Officials close to President Trump reportedly claimed that the Euro military suggestion angered Trump, and Tuesday’s early morning tweet seems to confirm that report. Trump tweeted:

“Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”

Trump and Macron have experienced something of a mercurial diplomatic relationship. In Trump’s first year and offense, some even called it a “bromance” evidenced by strangely long and overtly masculine handshakes.

But in this weekend’s diplomatic pomp and circumstance, Macron notably called out the concept of “nationalism” during a speech with Trump in attendance. Trump has proudly claimed his pride in being a “nationalist” versus being a “globalist,” which charitably suggests that Trump’s understanding of the term is not in line with the rest of the world’s.

[Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images]

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