Trump Blasts Macron For Proposing ‘European Army’ Upon Arrival in France: ‘Very Insulting!’
President Donald Trump ripped French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday upon his arrival in France, calling him out for proposing a European military.
“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted Friday.
“Very insulting,” he added, “but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Trump is set to meet with Macron Saturday morning at the Élysée Palace in Paris, per USA Today.
Macron proposed, in an interview earlier this week, a “real European army” to protect against “China, Russia and even the United States of America.”
“When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security,” Macron said.
“We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army,” he continued. In response to threats from Russia, Macron argued: “We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner.”
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