Trump opens ar­mistice visit to France with jab at Macron

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

PARIS >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is shift­ing his post­elec­tion fo­cus with a week­end trip to Paris, join­ing an in­ter­na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I. He wasted no time mix­ing it up with his host, tweet­ing as he ar­rived in France that Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron had made an “in­sult­ing” pro­posal to build up Eu­rope’s mil­i­tary to counter the U.S., China and Rus­sia.

Trump ar­rived in France late Fri­day, days af­ter Amer­i­cans de­liv­ered a split ref­er­en­dum on his pres­i­dency.

He planned to meet with Macron to­day for talks on top­ics ex­pected to in­clude Euro­pean se­cu­rity, Syria and Iran. As he ar­rived, Trump tweeted that Macron “has just sug­gested that Eu­rope build its own mil­i­tary in or­der to pro­tect it­self from the U.S., China and Rus­sia. Very in­sult­ing, but per­haps Eu­rope should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. sub­si­dizes greatly!”

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