The tweet was posted as Trump and the first lady touched down in Air Force One in Paris, where he’ll join other world leaders in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Trump was annoyed that Macron earlier in the week called for a “true European army” to protect the continent’s countries, even from the U.S.
Trump called the comments “very insulting,” then dinged Europe for not paying their “fair share” of NATO costs.
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
Macron made his call for a “real European army” in a French radio interview. “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia — and even the United States,” he said, Agence France Press reported.
Europe had to be able “to defend itself better alone,” he said, the BBC reported.
Macron said Europe had to think about its own security as the U.S. becomes a “less reliable” ally.
He pointed to Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 arms control agreement with Russia that helped end the Cold War.
Macron said “Europe and its security” would be the “main victim” of such a move.
A French official insisted to CNN that Trump had taken Macron’s words out of context. He also said that Macron himself would likely respond himself to the president Saturday.
The official said Macron was speaking about a military force that would supplement, rather than replace, NATO.
Macron and Trump were planning to meet on Saturday to discuss European security, Syria and...