Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

President Trump Lashes out at Emmanuel Macron Via Twitter, Again

President Trump Lashes out at Emmanuel Macron Via Twitter, Again

Ahead of his arrival for the Armistice Day commemorations in Paris last weekend, Mr Trump also had a go on Twitter about what he perceived to be President Emmanuel Macron's call for a European army.

"He was just trying to get onto another subject", continued Trump - an expert there too. Furthermore, in response to Macron's "nationalist" snub, Trump pointed out that "there is no more nationalist country" than France...

Kathryn Statler, a history professor at the University of San Diego who is writing a book on US-France relations, also told the Boston Globe: "If it hadn't been for France, the United States would not exist".

France does charge higher tariffs on USA wines, but the monetary difference is relatively small, with five- to 14-cent tariffs on bottles of French wine imported into the US versus 11 to 29 cents on USA exported wines headed to France.

The US is now the biggest export market for French wines, however the US imports very little wine into France. "Not fair, must change!" he wrote, following up with a jibe at Mr Macron's domestic popularity and the adapted refrain: "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!"

Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, said in an interview with Europe 1 that he is open to having a European army that can protect itself without relying on the United States.

"They were starting to learn German in Paris before the United States came along", Trump said. "I like the idea of President Trump pushing NATO to pay more, getting out of the intermediate ballistic missile treaty with Russian Federation - made sense to me because Russia's cheating and the treaty doesn't cover China and North Korea..."

Trump and Macron discussed defence, trade and other issues when they met Saturday (local time) at the Elysee Palace. The White House later said that driving to the cemetery would have required many Paris roadways to be closed on short notice to accommodate the president's motorcade and that Trump didn't want to cause that kind of disruption.

"When we say 'our interests come first, those of others don't matter, ' we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values".

President Trump isn't ready to forgive the "French diss" served up over the weekend by President Emmanuel Macron. Little reported-Fake News!'

Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the U.S., challenged Trump's assertions.

Later, when French President Emmanuel Macron spoke under the Arc de Triomphe, there was no doubt to whom some of his remarks were directed.

The French army posted a photo of a soldier training in the mud and rain appearing to mock US President Donald Trump for cancelling his trip to a World War One ceremony.

In her speech, which was about the future of the EU, Merkel said: 'What is really important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army.

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