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PARIS: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day blasted calls by Em­manuel Macron for a Euro­pean army to de­fend against threats from pow­ers in­clud­ing the US as “very in­sult­ing,” set­ting a com­bat­ive tone for his World War I com­mem­o­ra­tive visit to Paris. No sooner had Trump touched down in Paris for a week­end of events to mark the end of World War I, than he fired off a tweet cas­ti­gat­ing his host over pro­pos­als to en­dow the EU with its own, joint army. “Pres­i­dent Macron of France has just sug­gested that Eu­rope build its own mil­i­tary in or­der to pro­tect it­self from the US, China and Rus­sia,” the US pres­i­dent tweeted, re­fer­ring to re­marks made by Macron three days ear­lier. “Very in­sult­ing, but per­haps Eu­rope should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US sub­si­dizes greatly!,” he added. Trump, who is vis­it­ing France with his wife Me­la­nia for the sec­ond time since be­com­ing pres­i­dent, was re­fer­ring to a call made by Macron in an in­ter­view Tues­day for a “real Euro­pean army.”

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