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