Trump’s anger spreads from D.C. to Paris

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WASH­ING­TON — As the blades of the Marine One he­li­copter whirred be­hind him on Fri­day, Pres­i­dent Donald Trump aired griev­ances and spewed in­sults at a wide ar­ray of tar­gets as he stood on the South Lawn of the White House pre­par­ing for an over­seas trip to Paris.

Trump took aim at for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, for­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton, the hus­band of one of his top aides, Democrats in Congress, White House re­porters, elec­tions of­fi­cials in Florida, elec­tions of­fi­cials in Ari­zona, the FBI and a fed­eral judge in Mon­tana, among oth­ers.

Taking one ques­tion af­ter an­other from re­porters, Trump im­me­di­ately piv­oted when he was asked about Michelle Obama writ­ing in her new mem­oir that she would never for­give Trump for ad­vanc­ing the false birther claim about her hus­band’s cit­i­zen­ship that en­dan­gered her fam­ily.

Trump said that the for­mer first lady was no doubt paid a lot of money to write her book, but he re­served his harsh­est words for her hus­band: “I’ll never for­give him for what he did to our United States mil­i­tary. I’ll never for­give him for what he did in many other ways, which I’ll talk to you about in the fu­ture.”

Trump, who touted his own buildup of the mil­i­tary, ap­peared to be re­fer­ring to cuts in mil­i­tary spend­ing that were re­quired by the 2011 Bud­get Con­trol Act backed by con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Democrats and signed into law by Obama. The 2010 tea party class of Repub­li­cans were in­tent on cutting the na­tion’s deficit and en­dorsed the spend­ing cuts to de­fense and do­mes­tic pro­grams.

On the South Lawn, Trump also took aim at a list of of­fi­cials who have left the FBI since his ar­rival, in­clud­ing for­mer di­rec­tor James Comey, whom Trump fired last year.

“You have a whole list of peo­ple,” he said. “There’s a lot of crooked stuff go­ing on.”

Fri­day evening, as Air Force One touched down in Paris for Trump’s two-day visit for the cen­ten­nial commemoration of the end of World War I, Trump sent out a tweet — one of sev­eral dur­ing the six-hour trans-Atlantic flight — taking um­brage at French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s com­ments to French ra­dio ear­lier this week.

Macron called for a “true Euro­pean army” to pro­tect it­self from the United States and other po­ten­tial ad­ver­saries, in­flam­ing ten­sions be­tween the two men as they pre­pare to meet one-on-one this week­end.

“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,” Trump tweeted Fri­day night just be­fore dis­em­bark­ing from the pres­i­den­tial plane. “Very in­sult­ing, but per­haps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. sub­si­dizes greatly!”

New York Times

Pres­i­dent Donald Trump speaks to re­porters Fri­day morn­ing as he de­parts the White House for Paris.

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