Macron’s call for Euro­pean Army very in­sult­ing: Trump

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US Pres­i­dent Trump on Satur­day said the sug­ges­tion of his French coun­ter­part Emanuel Macron Eu­rope should build its own army was “very in­sult­ing”, as­sert­ing Eu­rope should first pay its “fair share” to NATO.

Trump slammed Macron in a tweet, mo­ments af­ter he landed in Paris for a week­end trip to com­mem­o­rate Ar­mistice Day and at­tend the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of WWI, which is be­ing at­tended by sev­eral world lead­ers, in­clud­ing In­dia Vice Pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu.

“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!” he tweeted.

Early this week, Macron had pushed for a “true Euro­pean Army” that would ad­dress the threat posed by coun­tries like Rus­sia and China. “We have to pro­tect our­selves with re­spect to China, Rus­sia and even the United States,” he told French Ra­dio Sta­tion One.

“Who is the main vic­tim? Eu­rope and its se­cu­rity. I want to build a real se­cu­rity di­a­logue with Rus­sia, 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 US,” Macron said.

—AFP

US Pres­i­dent Trump speaks with his French coun­ter­part Em­manuel Macron prior to their meet­ing at the El­y­see Palace in Paris.

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