Donald Trump Draws Ire With ‘Celebrate' End Of WWI Tweet

Donald Trump Draws Ire With ‘Celebrate' End Of WWI Tweet

Faced with "a Russian Federation which is at our borders and has shown that it can be a threat", Macron said, "We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner".

Trump's tweet, issued shortly after he arrived in the French capital Paris, comes days after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Europe should create its own army to protect itself from potential enemies including Russia, China - and the United States. "Europe and its security", Macron told French radio Station One.

"We are being hit by attempted break-ins in cyberspace and interventions elsewhere in our democratic lives", Macron said.

Mr Macron, who is an ardent advocate of closer European integration, said a joint European Union military force was needed to wean Europe off American might, not least after Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.

"Who is the principal victim? Europe and its security", Macron said.

Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron voiced plans to build a single European army to boost the EU's defence capability as well as military independence from the United States. Since the beginning of his term, Trump has been urging US NATO allies in Europe to up their defense spending. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both publicly questioned whether Europe can depend on the come to its aid in the event of war.

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Trump and Macron are set to hold around an hour of bilateral talks before they are joined by their wives, Melania and Brigitte, for lunch at the Elysee Palace.

At that meeting, Mr Trump would not say whether he believed Mr Putin or United States intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Ferrand is parliamentary speaker in the lower house of parliament.

As well as defense, Macron said he and Trump would discuss trade, Iran and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Trump is scheduled to visit two American cemeteries over the course of the weekend, which will culminate with a solemn ceremony Sunday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, a monument to France's war dead. Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Mr. Trump returned the favor, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency.

Mr Macron was speaking in Verdun, northeast France on Tuesday, as part of a week-long tour of battlefields leading up to First World War Armistice centenary commemorations in Paris on Sunday. "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".

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