Donald Trump launches scathing Twitter attack on Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hug after unveiling a plaque in the Clairiere of Rethondes during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day 100 years after the end of the First World War in Compiegne France Novemb

Macron's Armistice Speech Sends Message to Trump: 'Nationalism Is a Betrayal of Patriotism'

President Donald Trump has called French President Emmanuel Macron's idea for a European army, which could be needed to protect against the USA, "very insulting".

Officials close to President Trump reportedly claimed that the Euro military suggestion angered Trump, and Tuesday's early morning tweet seems to confirm that report. Trump called the French leader out on social media Friday, moments after landing in the country to attend events relating to the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of chemical weapons, WWI pitted the armies of France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the USA against a German-led coalition that included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

But Trump immediately took offense to Macron's suggestion, calling it "very insulting." In Trump's first year and offense, some even called it a "bromance" evidenced by strangely long and overtly masculine handshakes.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", Macron continued.

The president has long complained that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries don't pay their fair share of the defense alliance's expenses, leaving the carry much of the burden.

Macron's office refused to make any comment in response to Trump's tweet salvo, but by all indications, the once-remarkable "bromance" between the two leaders is over.

France fought valiantly in World War I but got steamrolled in World War II.

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"I'm not a nationalist, which for me is very different from being a patriot. By saying "our interests first" ... we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace, and what is essential: its moral values", he said.

The rebuke comes in the wake of Trump describing himself as a "proud nationalist" ahead of this month's USA congressional elections.

He said Macron is suffering low approval ratings while France suffers from high unemployment, then added: "By the way, there is no country more Nationalist [sic] than France..."

"President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people".

President Donald Trump appeared to mock France's record in World War I and II in a Tuesday morning tweet that again waved the idea of the U.S. pulling out of, or modifying its relationship to, NATO.

British Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend, remaining in London to preside over a war remembrance there, though she had visited France last week to lay wreaths at military cemeteries and meet Macron. "I think the main friction is getting out of the Iran deal, which I thought was bad for America and really bad for the world, so, Republican presidents always have a hard time in Europe - I'm not really anxious about this at all".

The U.S. leader was heavily criticized for cancelling a trip to Belleau Wood battlefield in northern France on Saturday due to the rain, with some critics accusing him of disrespecting America's war dead.

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