The president of the United States Donald Trump denounced Friday evening, when he arrived in Paris, the words "very offensive" of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the creation of a European army.
"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.
The meeting between the two leaders, scheduled for Saturday morning at Eliseo, seems already particularly delicate.
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 American president apparently made reference to Mr. 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.
Currently there is no supranational European army. The applicant, subject, remains undermined because it touches the heart of the sovereignty of the Member States.
When he left the White House, Mr. Trump had 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, Trump 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 Mr. Macron 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.