Foreign correspondent focusing on French and European politics and culture
James McAuley Foreign correspondent focusing on French and European politics and culture November 10 at 6:01 PM PARIS – President…
PARIS – President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met on Saturday with tensions over Macron’s call to a “true European army” – points out that the US president considered “very insulting” moments after he landed here for the World War in honor of ceremonies this weekend.
There were some visible signs of strain between the two men on Saturday even when they exchanged hot words at the start of their bilateral meeting at the Élysée Palace, as Macron publicly stressed that European nations in the NATO Alliance should pay more to defend themselves himself with trump over a constant irritation of his.
“I share President Trump’s opinion that we need a much better division of labor with NATO,” Macron said at the beginning of his meeting when Trump sat on the edge of his chair with a narrow smile on his face. “My proposals for European defense are completely consistent with that.”
Calling Trump “My Good Friend” Macron proclaimed “great solidarity” between the two nations and said the leaders will discuss a number of issues during their one-on-one meeting, including Iran, Syria, Yemen, trade and climate change.
Trump returned Macron’s warm tone and told the French leader that we “became very good friends” and that the two countries “have much in common in many ways.”
“I appreciate what you say about stock sharing. my opinion, “replied Trump on Macron. Later Trump added: “We want to help Europe, but it must be fair … we really want to be there, we want to help, we want to be part of it, but different countries need to help.”
On trade, Trump said that “we have made a lot of progress; let’s see if we can get it across the line.”
The tenor of the short public comments between the two leaders was noticeably different from Trumps tweet that he sent as Air Force One, who touched Paris last Friday when Trump revived his frustration over countries in the NATO Alliance who do not spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military.
“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military to protect itself from the US, China and Russia,” Trump tweeted minutes after he landed here. “Very insulting, but maybe Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, as the United States subsidizes a lot!”
Trump referred to an interview that Macron gave to Europe 1 Radio earlier this week, saying he believes in “Project of a Higher Europe” and that the continent should not be protected “unless we decide to have a true European army. “
“In Russia that is at our borders and which may be threatening, I would like to launch a security dialogue with Russia, which is a country I respect and which is European,” said Macron in the interview, conducted during his tour of the most important battlefields in the First World War in northeastern France. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself – and without just relying on the United States – in a more supreme way.”
In the interview, Macron also referred to Trump’s recent announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Nuclear Agreements Treaty, a nuclear weapons pact that President Ronald Reagan struck with the former Soviet Union in 1987.
The “main victim” of the recall, as Macron claimed , is “Europe and its security”. “Macron also said that Europe must protect itself” in relation to China, Russia and even the United States “on cyber security and disappearing multilateralism.