As soon as he arrived in Paris for the commemorations of the centenary of the end of the First World War, Donald Trump denounced on Friday, in an extremely virulent tweet, the proposal of Emmanuel Macron to create a European army.
The American president, who arrived in the evening with his wife Melania, will meet on Saturday morning at Eliseo, his French counterpart, with whom he claims a form of complicity in spite of strong disagreements, the trade in Iran.
"President Macron has just suggested that Europe build its own army to protect itself from the United States, China and Russia," he wrote on Twitter when the Air Force One landed at the international airport . "Orly, near Paris.
"Very offensive, but maybe Europe should first pay its share to NATO that the US subsidizes extensively!" The president of the United States added.
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.
In his tweet, the president of the United States referred to Macron's statements on Tuesday calling 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 added.
– Sunday Arc de Triomphe –
Currently there is no supranational European army. The applicant, subject, remains undermined because it touches the heart of the sovereignty of the Member States.
During a speech at the Sorbonne last year, Macron had proposed working together with several Member States able to act outside the existing structures of NATO or the EU, in a more flexible way, in order to contribute to the birth of "European strategic autonomy".
When he left the White House, Mr. Trump had opted for a much more conciliatory tone by evoking his upcoming Paris weekend.
"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.
Dozens of heads of state and government converge on Sunday in Paris to celebrate the centenary of the war armistice of 14-18.
The Arc de Triomphe will host an extraordinary ceremony attended by about 70 personalities including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Muhammadu Buhari …
Many heads of state, but not Mr. Trump, will therefore participate in an international forum on peace, organized by Emmanuel Macron as an appeal against the decline of the multilateral world order.
During the weekend, Mr. Trump will also visit the American cemetery of Bois Belleau, in the department of Aisne, and the American cemetery of Suresnes, a suburb of Paris.
There are no one-on-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but a brief meeting between the White House tenant and the Kremlin's strongman is not excluded.
It will be examined after the announcement of the new sanctions against Washington against Washington and against the background of threatening investigations for Trump's team on a possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The stormy American president is habitual of attacks against the leaders of the allied countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were the targets of his spades.
But this is the first time that he attacks Emmanuel Macron so frontally that he received the White House in April for a state visit.
Elysee did not react on Friday night to the tweet of the White House tenant.