Trump, arriving in Paris, lashes out at Macron over defense remarks

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

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The moment Air Force One touched down Friday at Orly airport, U.S. President Donald Trump blasted a caustic message for his host, terming French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a European military "very insulting".

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America", Macron argued. "Very insulting", Trump said in a tweet.

On Tuesday, the French president said Europe needed a real army to reduce reliance on the USA for defense.

According to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures, only five of 29 allies met their defense spending targets this year - Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Britain and the U.S.

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 relationship between Trump and Macron, once described as a "bromance", has long since soured amid the United States imposing steep tariffs on EU imports and threatening European businesses with secondary sanctions for dealing with Iran. "I've seen what they have planned, and I think it's going to be something very, very special", he said.

Both Mr Trump and Mr Putin will be among the leaders attending that ceremony.

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European leaders have been rattled since a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit earlier in the year, when they perceived Trump's demands for billions of additional dollars in military spending from them as a threat that the United States would pull out of the almost 70-year-old alliance. That now seems more likely for later this month, when they attend the Group of 20 summit of worldwide leaders in Argentina.

"I don't think that this defense identity will start with an European Union army", Schinas said on Tuesday.

The US President is hoping to move past post-midterms controversy after the White House was accused of doctoring footage in support of its decision to revoke the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. 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.

Coming just days after Macron called for a "real European army" to reduce dependence on the United States, and with the vocal support of senior figures in Brussels, the coalition agreement will once again raising the spectre of a European Army.

It's a sign of the increasingly different view Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have towards multilateral institutions.

Mr Macron has been a longstanding critic of Trump. That now seems more likely for later this month, when they attend the G20 summit of worldwide leaders in Argentina.

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