Trump opens ar­mistice visit with jab at Macron

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

PARIS >> Pres­i­dent Donald Trump wasted no time taking a poke at his French host Fri­day as he ar­rived in Paris for events mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I, tweet­ing as he landed that Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron had made an “in­sult­ing” pro­posal to build up Europe’s mil­i­tary to counter the U.S., China and Rus­sia.

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. Trump’s visit comes on the heels of midterm elec­tions in which Amer­i­cans de­liv­ered a split ref­er­en­dum on his pres­i­dency, keeping the Se­nate in his party’s con­trol but ced­ing the House to op­po­si­tion Democrats.

He planned to meet with Macron on Satur­day for talks on top­ics ex­pected to in­clude Euro­pean se­cu­rity, Syria and Iran.

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