France fires back at Trump's lack of "common decency"

Trump fires back at European leaders after damp reception in France

Reuters Vincent Kessler

President Trump recently visited France to attend ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and shortly after returning to the USA, unleashed a torrent of disparaging remarks about "Nationalist" France, President Emmanuel Macron's approval ratings and wine tariffs.

"Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russia", Trump tweeted.

The two leaders have been at odds all week over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending, with Macron openly chiding Trump for calling his own policies "nationalist" in a speech that was supposed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Asked to comment, the office of the French president said it had nothing to say about the tweets, but added that Macron had made his points about a European army and European defence very clear to Trump during talks they held on Saturday in Paris.

"At every crucial moment in our history, we have been allies", he said citing France's role in America's independence fight as well as United States participation in two world wars and the joint fight against jihadists after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The two men had previously enjoyed a warm friendship, with Macron becoming the first world leader to be honored with a U.S. state visit since Trump's 2017 inauguration in April this year.

"They want the U.S.to be another member of the global community and fall into line".

In his tweets on Tuesday, Trump again referenced France's spending, writing: "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!"

Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the U.S., challenged Trump's assertions.

"I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO", Trump tweeted in his defense - pointing out that he had delivered a speech the following day at another American cemetery in the Paris suburbs "in pouring rain!"

Mr Trump's tweet on Tuesday that said "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" revived French national pride on social media.

First lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day.

To put it succinctly, Trump mocked France for suffering major losses in back-to-back World Wars.

The American president then claimed Macron was trying to divert attention from his approval numbers, which Trump says are "very low".

"On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S", Trump tweeted.

The US president's Tuesday morning tweet further exacerbates his stand-off with Macron following the US president's visit to Paris over the weekend that was marred by Trump's controversial behavior.

Still, in his tweets on Wednesday, Mr Trump criticised France, accusing it of imposing unfair trade tariffs, and Mr Macron of trying to divert attention from what the USA president described as a "very low Approval Rating" and the French unemployment figures. "Many World leaders in attendance".

Mr Trump also complained about tariffs on U.S. wines sold in France and appeared to take a dig at Mr Macron's low public approval rating.

On Friday, Trump already launched an attack on Macron, calling the French president's suggestion to establish a pan-European army "insulting". Not fair, must change!

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