Trump "insulted" by Macron's proposal for European army

039;Very insulting': Trump bashes Macron's idea of European army for protection from Russia China & US

Macron emphasized "the great solidarity between our two nations" and asserted that his perspective coincided with Trump's demand for Europe to pick up some slack in military spending.

In another snarky tweet, Trump minion SeNator Lindsey Graham said he would "like to remind President Macron that throughout his handsome country there are thousands of graves filled with American soldiers who gave their lives to help liberate France - not conquer France".

He was referring to Trump's decision last month to withdraw the US from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, which banned ground-launched nuclear missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,420 miles).

Paris - Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of stability in the region, US President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Saturday, according to a French presidential source.

"When President Trump has to protect one of the states of the United States he doesn't ask France or Germany or another government of Europe to finance it".

Defending his call during the week for a European army, he said: "It is unfair to have European security being assured by the US".

In response, Trump sent out a tweet just as the Air Force One landed in Paris on Friday night. The president was criticized for not finding a way to get to the cemetery, which is about a two-hour drive east of Paris, where Americans killed in World War I are buried.

President Trump is traveling to France with First Lady Melania Trump, just days after the midterm elections reshaped the face of American government for the coming years.

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Their meeting Saturday, however, included declarations of friendship but lacked their previous over-the-top displays of warmth. European security will be "the main victim" of such a decision, the French president warned.

She and Mr Macron unveiled a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation, laid a wreath and signed a book of remembrance in a replica of the railway carriage used 100 years ago.

The French president, who tried but failed earlier this year to talk Trump out of withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has also voiced worries about the impact of sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran.

The tone of this visit will be markedly less festive.

Trump still plans to attend an Armistice Day event with other world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday and to speak at the Suresnes American Cemetery on Monday.

On Saturday afternoon he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the northern town of Compiegne where the armistice ending the war was signed by the Allies and Germany in a forest clearing on November 11, 1918. The White House said he was at the residence of the USA ambassador in Paris.

After meeting Macron, Trump was due to travel to travel to Belleau Wood, a battlefield where U.S. troops had a key breathrough against a German advance trying to enter Paris. Later, he made the case that Europe needs to build up its own military because it can no longer depend on the US for defense.

While a nine-country European rapid reaction force, independent from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is under discussion, proposals for a full EU army with a joint command remain deeply sensitive.



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