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Macron’s proposal for European Union army ‘very insulting’

Macron’s proposal for European Union army ‘very insulting’

President Donald Trump began a weekend visit to Paris with an attack on his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, for proposing Europe create its own continental military force.

He added instead of building a military, Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation costs noting the USA pays far more than any other member.

President Trump, who is visiting France with his wife, Melania, for the second time since becoming president, was referring to a call made by President Macron on Tuesday for a "real European army".

Mr Macron has been a longstanding critic of Trump.

At that meeting, Trump would not say whether he believed Putin or USA intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Proponents say the coalition would not conflict with the nearly 70-year-old, US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump.

"We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the USA". But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from US tariffs.

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Mr Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the U.S. relationship with the continent.

In his September 2017 "State of the Union" address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated that "By 2025 we need a fully-fledged European Defence Union". But the elimination of tariffs could have an acute impact on French companies including Renault SA and PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, who don't sell cars in the USA but would face increased competition in their home markets.

"We won't protect Europeans if we don't decide to have a real European army", he added.

"Great world leaders", he said, are "driven by national interests".

The relationship between Trump and Macron, once described as a "bromance", has long since soured amid the USA imposing steep tariffs on EU imports and threatening European businesses with secondary sanctions for dealing with Iran.

Russian president's denial of election interference over the assessment of his own intelligence community.

"If there is anyone today who is carrying the conflict, it is Emmanuel Macron", Le Pen told France's Radio Classique, as quoted by Le Figaro daily. The pair are expected to meet during the G-20 meeting later this month in Argentina, and the White House has invited Putin to visit Washington.