On Friday when President Trump landed in France, he already scolded French President Emmanuel Macron for suggesting that Europe needs to protect itself from The United States.
“President Macron of France 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!” the president said.
President Macron of France 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
The two presidents are scheduled to meet Saturday morning at the French president’s official residence, Élysée Palace, in Paris.
Some 60 world leaders, including Trump, will be in Paris this week for events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Trump’s “American First” foreign policy has drawn criticism from Macron and other European leaders who say he is undermining long-standing western alliances like NATO.
For example, Macron criticized Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 arms control deal designed to prohibit Russia from developing mid-range missiles capable of reaching Western European cities.
In an interview with Europe 1 radio earlier this week, Macron talked about creating a “true, European army,” because “we have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.”
He cited Trump’s decision on the INF: “When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s Euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.”
Sent just moments after Air Force One touched down in Paris. https://t.co/VEU5SoYA9V
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 9, 2018
Have a great time in Paris, Mr. President ! https://t.co/LtwaT9NnE1
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 9, 2018
Trump slaps Napoleon https://t.co/sMqV8Ta5a4
— Adam Garrie (@adamgarriereal) November 9, 2018