France visit Trump calls Macron's request for the "very offensive" European army
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Trump traveled to France to commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Shortly after arriving in Paris, he sharply attacks Emmanuel Macron.
KShortly after his arrival in France, US President Donald Trump strongly condemned recent requests by French President Emmanuel Macron for the creation of his European army.
"French President Macron has just proposed that Europe build its armed forces to protect itself from the United States, China and Russia," Trump wrote Friday evening in the Twitter short messaging service.
"Very offensive, but maybe Europe should first pay its fair share of the cost of NATO, which heavily subsidizes the United States," added the US president, who landed at Orly Airport in Paris with his wife Melania.
Trump traveled to France to commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago. On Tuesday, Macron said in a radio interview that without a "real European army" the Europeans could not defend themselves. In view of "Russia, which is on our borders and could become a threat", Europeans should "not rely on the United States alone".
Macron speaks of a "danger"
The French head of state justified his request by warning against "the authoritarian powers that are increasing and arming on the borders of Europe". Europe must defend itself "with regard to China, Russia and even the United States", he declared to Europe 1.
Macron also criticized the announced withdrawal of Trump from the INF treaty treaty with Russia as a "threat" whose "main victim" was Europe. The federal government and the European Commission have reacted with caution to the French president's initiative.