Macron’s call for European Army very insulting: Trump
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.
US President Trump speaks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris.