Trump erroneously accuses French President Emmanuel Macron of ‘very insulting’ comments

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018

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

Trump sent a tweet calling Macron's proposal "very insulting" as the USA president's plane landed Friday evening for celebrations with world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

"During his visit to Paris, President Buhari will attend a luncheon hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France in honour of visiting heads of delegations".

"We have many countries - the leadership from many countries will be there, especially since they heard the United States will be there". Trump has railed against trade deals with the European Union and has criticised some EU nations, including France, for not spending enough to defense to sustain North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the decades-old Western alliance formed as a bulwark to Moscow's aggression.

Faced with "a Russian Federation which is at our borders and has shown that it can be a threat", Macron said, "We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner".

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.

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The trip comes as the White House looks to grapple with a new political reality of Democrats taking the House in Tuesday's midterm elections and the fallout from the president's sudden firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. European leaders say maintaining trade ties is essential to keep Iran from exiting the deal and restarting development of nuclear weapons. "There may be a lunch for the leaders". 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.

Trump and Macron's early relationship was marked by kisses, frequent meetings and marathon power handshakes. Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Trump returned the favour, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency.

The French claim that EI2, comprised of France, Germany, Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Finland, will not be a standing European army, but a "rapid response" unit for joint military operations which would collaborate on military and humanitarian crises and deploy military responses.

But in a tweet prior to landing in Paris, Trump took a dim view of comments Macron made in a Europe 1 radio interview this week.

The dividends of Macron's cultivation of Mr. Trump are "modest at best", said Stewart M. Patrick, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"He's starting to become the antithesis of President Trump's public messaging", said Heather Conley, director of the Europe programme at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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