The president of the United States Donald Trump denounced Friday evening, when he arrived in Paris, the words "very offensive" of his French counterpart on the creation of a European army.
Donald Trump announces the color. As soon as he landed on the asphalt of Orly airport, the American president broke a devastating tweet against Emmanuel Macron, who announced Tuesday that he wanted to create a European army. "President Macron has just suggested that Europe build its own army to protect itself from the United States, China, and Russia, very offensive, but perhaps Europe should first pay its share to NATO that states United subsidize widely, "he wrote.
The meeting between the two leaders, scheduled for Saturday morning at Eliseo, is already particularly delicate, while the White House tenant and his wife, Melania, must participate this weekend at the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War. This is Donald Trump's second visit to France since his arrival at the White House, after the one on July 14, 2017, which he regularly discusses with great enthusiasm.
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"A nice moment"
In his tweet, the American president apparently made reference to the declarations of the president of the Republic who asked for the creation of a "real European army" to better protect the old continent. "We will not protect Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army," the French president pleaded. We must "protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States," he said Tuesday. Currently there is no supranational European army. The argument, appellant, remains compromised because it touches the heart of the sovereignty of the Member States.
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When he left the White House, Donald Trump opted for a much more conciliatory tone. "It will be a wonderful moment", he predicted. "There will be many countries," he added, assuring that the announcement of his presence had prompted many other leaders to make the trip. Last Sunday, the President of the United States will participate, in the presence of at least 60 heads of state, at a ceremony at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe during which the president of the United States will give a speech. During the weekend, he will also visit the American Wood Belleau Cemetery, in the department of Aisne, and the American cemetery of Suresnes, a suburb of Paris.