Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talks

10 November, 2018, 14:03 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Again, Buhari leaves Nigeria

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels past year. "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".

Trump and Macron also have extensive differences over trade and USA sanctions on Iran.

Trump was referring to the recent interview Macron gave to Europe 1 radio, in which he outlined the idea of a combined European army that would be able to protect Europe from Russia, China... and the US.

President Trump's Friday night rebuke read: "President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation".

He added instead of building a military, Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation costs noting the US pays far more than any other member.

On Tuesday, Macron took to French radio to express the need for Europe to reduce its reliance on an increasingly isolationist USA for defence.

Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in France.

Macron went on to make the case for a "true European army" that would give Europe strategic autonomy, meaning that it would no longer have to depend on the United States for its security.

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Trump's tweet just after landing in Paris that was highly critical of Macron is expected to strain the US-French relationship.

As the two men met at the French presidential palace Saturday, Macron called Trump "my good friend" and even appeared to tap him on the thigh.

The Paris Peace Forum, which will run until Tuesday, is part of what he sees as a "fightback" against nationalist forces which risk destabilising the global system, Vaisse said.

An official in Macron's office said Saturday that Macron didn't say that.

Macron will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the site, in a visit symbolising the close ties between two countries that fought three wars between 1870 and 1945.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted after arriving on Air Force One at Orly airport near Paris, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

The president asks on Twitter, "Is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?" While Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate, they lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Democrats who may use their newfound power to launch investigations into Trump and stymie his agenda.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron tour the Thiepval Memorial in France.

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