Trump says Macron’s EU army dream is ‘in­sult­ing’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY ALAN SELBY

US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump clashed with Em­manuel Macron in Paris after the French leader said the EU needed its own army.

Mr Trump called the idea “very in­sult­ing” and in­sisted Eu­rope must “pay its fair share to NATO”.

Af­ter­wards Mr Macron tried to play down the ar­gu­ment, hail­ing the “great sol­i­dar­ity” be­tween their two coun­tries.

His spokesman said it had been a “mis­un­der­stand­ing” and that Mr Trump had told his coun­ter­part: “I think we are much closer than it seems.”

The flare-up threat­ened to sour re­la­tions be­tween the two lead­ers after their “bro­mance” dur­ing Mr Macron’s visit to Wash­ing­ton DC ear­lier this year.

Mr Trump is in France for events mark­ing 100 years since the end of the First World War. But the two lead­ers are also ex­pected to dis­cuss is­sues in­clud­ing Euro­pean se­cu­rity, Syria and Iran.

Mean­while, EU chief Don­ald Tusk ac­cused Mr Trump of be­ing the first Amer­i­can pres­i­dent in his­tory to op­pose a “strong and united” Eu­rope.

CLASH Mr Trump yes­ter­day

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