Trump says Macron’s call for European Army ‘very insulting’

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It was a clear sign that the "America First" president was ready to chart his own course yet again as world leaders gathered to remember the coalition that brought an end to the first global war.

In a tweet, Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, called Trump "pathetic" for not traveling in the rain to pay respects.

Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser for President Obama, accused Mr. Trump in a tweet of "blowing off honoring American servicemen who died for us" and said the White House should have had a fallback option. Macron has warned that if its scrapped and Russian Federation deploys such missiles, they could easily reach Europe but not the U.S.

The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau.

The cemetery is the final resting place of numerous 1,800 American soldiers killed in the battle of Belleau Wood. Trump was supposed to participate in a wreath-laying and a moment of silence at the site.

Trump has made similar arguments, particularly in urging NATO's European members to increase its share of defense spending.

Besides European security, the presidents also discussed the US decision to pull out of an arms control treaty with Russia, Iran, the slaying of a Saudi journalist inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey and Saudi Arabia's role in the war in Yemen, according to French officials who briefed journalists afterward.

Trump's talks with Macron at the Elysee are likely to cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and US renewal of sanctions against Iran.

Mr Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the United States relationship with the continent.

Their meeting Saturday, however, included declarations of friendship but lacked their previous over-the-top displays of warmth.

US President Donald Trump, whose hardline nationalism has badly shaken the Western alliance, arrived in Paris on Friday criticizing host Macron for being "insulting".

On Saturday morning, the United States president arrived at the Elysee Palace under rainy skies for talks with Macron.

The fresh dispute between the two leaders, who have had a hot and cold relationship, threatens to cast a pall on Sunday's ceremony.

"Our people are very proud to have you here", Mr. Macron told Mr. Trump during their meeting. Macron defended the idea, saying "It's unfair to have European security today being assured by the U.S".

"The will is there, and I say this for Germany with full conviction, to do everything to achieve a more peaceful order in the world even though we know we have very, very much work still ahead of us", she said. He says the states in the US don't ask France or Germany or other countries to finance their armies.

"And, frankly, I think behind closed doors Macron fully appreciates the limits of what France an as individual nation can do".

Trump pulled up in his limousine Saturday at the Élysée Palace where he was greeted by Macron.

Just minutes after touching down in Paris on Friday night, Trump tweeted harsh words.

On Saturday afternoon, he will visit the northern town of Compiegne where the armistice ending World War I was signed by the Allies and Germany in a train carriage in a forest clearing on November 11, 1918.

On Tuesday, Emmanuel macron called for the creation of "a true European army", to reduce dependence on the United States.

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly!", he added.

"Macron is at the point where he understands the limits of their relationship", said Smith, the former Biden aide.

Trump's visit to France got off to a rocky start when he offended his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

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