Trump says Macron’s call for European Army ‘very insulting’

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Macron said: "I do share President Trump's views that we need a much better burden sharing with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and that's why I do believe that my proposal for a European defence [is] utterly consistent with that".

The US president tweeted after arriving in Paris ahead of an global commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

France on Saturday attempted to defuse a row sparked by President Emmanuel Macron's comments about a European army which angered US President Donald Trump, suggesting his remarks had been misinterpreted.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump were also visiting the American cemetery in Belleau, France, on Saturday to pay respects to USA soldiers who died on French soil during World War I.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States".

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He is also overseeing the formation of a European rapid reaction force, a nine-country endeavour much smaller than an actual army, which is backed by Germany and the UK.

Trump arrived in Paris for World War 1 commemorations on Friday night blasting what he termed "very insulting" remarks from Macron who had mentioned the United States alongside China, Russia as national security threats earlier this week.

Trump is set to meet with Macron Saturday morning at the Élysée Palace in Paris, per USA Today.

Just hours later he Trump managed to insult many of his followers by asking if there is "anything better than celebrating" the end of a war as world.

The presidential spokesman said the Nigerian President would join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action. "Europe and its security", Macron told French radio Station One. Trump added that he and Macron are "getting along from the standpoint of fairness".

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Not on Mr Trump's schedule, despite earlier discussions about the possibility, was an extended meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I think it's going to be something very special".

The isolationist U.S. leader has, however, ducked out of a peace conference Sunday afternoon, which Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on November 7, 2018.

Macron met UK Prime Minister Theresa May near the Belgian border Friday to try to make progress on a Brexit deal and remember the fallen of the battlefields of the Somme.

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