Trump Snipes At 'Very Insulting' Emmanuel Macron As Paris Trip Gets Underway

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"We won't protect Europeans if we don't decide to have a real European army", he added.

Mr Naidu will attend the ceremony to commemorate the armistice of World War I at Arc de Triomphe, presided over by the French President Emmanuel Macron.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron headed toward a potential clash in talks on Saturday after Trump took offense to what he called a "very insulting" comment from Macron about the need to create a European army.

Trump sent a tweet calling Macron's proposal "very insulting" as the US president's plane landed Friday evening for celebrations with world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels previous year.

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"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

Proposals for a full EU army with a joint command - a pet project of European federalists - remain deeply sensitive, however, among EU members anxious to defend their sovereignty.

"I don't think that this defense identity will start with an European Union army", Schinas said on Tuesday.

Sunday afternoon will see Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel attend a peace conference - the Paris Peace Forum - with leaders including Mr Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Both Trump and Mr Macron are scheduled to meet on Saturday morning at the French President's official residence, Élysée Palace, in Paris.

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European leaders have been rattled since a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit earlier in the year, when they perceived Trump's demands for billions of additional dollars in military spending from them as a threat that the United States would pull out of the almost 70-year-old alliance.

The tone of this visit will be markedly less festive.

Trump and Macron are schedule to have bilateral meeting during his stay in France. "I think it's going to be something very special".

The US President is hoping to move past post-midterms controversy after the White House was accused of doctoring footage in support of its decision to revoke the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Macron, in the interview, also blasted Trump's recent announcement that Washington would withdraw from the 1987 INF Treaty limiting nuclear weapons that U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to.

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Macron met UK Prime Minister Theresa May near the Belgian border Friday to try to make progress on a Brexit deal and remember the fallen of the battlefields of the Somme.

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