Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France

Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France

President Trump is firing back at his French counterpart, after he suggested Europe should build a military to protect itself from the U.S.

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.

Discussing cybersecurity threats and global instability in general, Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against China, Russia and the United States.

"Faced with Russian Federation, which is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening - I want to build a real security dialogue with Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, a European country - but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States", he added.

Trump launched a broadside at Macron via his preferred medium of conducting foreign policy - Twitter.

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Macron and other European leaders have repeatedly criticized Trump's efforts to undermine the deal, and have sought to create a special mechanism that would allow the bloc to avert US sanctions and continue trading with Iran. "Europe and its security", Macron said. "We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S".

"While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War". But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from USA tariffs.

"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?" European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is a long-time supporter of the idea the European Union should have more common defense capability. That effort hasn't yet yielded results, and the Trump administration has warned that countries hosting a so-called "special objective vehicle" to subvert the sanctions could face penalties themselves. "And we look forward to that", Trump told reporters on Friday before leaving the White House. European leaders say maintaining trade ties is essential to keep Iran from exiting the deal and restarting development of nuclear weapons.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were expected to visit several memorial sites in France that are dedicated to American service members.

The White House and the Kremlin had previously considered a formal meeting in Paris.

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