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Macron snubs United States arms in defence spat with Trump

Macron snubs United States arms in defence spat with Trump”

While in Paris, Trump will see Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since their summit earlier this year in Helsinki, though White House officials downplayed the encounter, saying Trump doesn't plan extensive talks with Putin over a weekend that mostly will be devoted to ceremonies.

Macron views himself as Europe's opponent to the rising sentiment of nationalism, according to the report. "Right now the burden sharing has been largely on the United States".

French President Emmanuel Macron is no fan of President Trump's style of Twitter diplomacy.

"Mr. Macron, it's not possible, a little good woman like me to shake hands with the President of the Republic, it's fantastic".

Both leaders agree there should be "better burden-sharing within NATO", meaning Europe should be less reliant on U.S. spending for its defence, Macron said. In a radio interview this week, Macron said that a "strong and sovereign Europe" was needed to defend the continent's interests against China, Russia and "even the U.S".

The U.S. leader contended, "We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade".

Trump, meanwhile, flew home to the US on Sunday after addressing a crowd at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial on the outskirts of Paris.

"The lesson of the Great War cannot be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", said Macron, sorrow etched on the faces of former French soldiers standing to attention around him during the ceremony. "That's why we need a common approach", Merkel told the audience.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism", Macron said in a 20-minute address delivered from under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"It is out duty to preserve the civilization they defended", Trump said of those who fought in the Great War.

Trump's own speech, delivered at the Suresnes American Cemetery, focused less on his political opponents and more on the war dead - an appropriate subject for Armistice Day across Europe and Veterans Day in the United States.

French President Emmanuel Macron will lead the worldwide Armistice Day commemorations Sunday morning by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which lies at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

Putin was one of the last to take his place among the ceremony, on the front row next to Macron's wife Brigitte. I'm a nationalist, okay?

"This day is not just about remembering, but should be about a call to action", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday after visiting the forest clearing in eastern France where the Armistice was signed.

The visit is meant to symbolise the close ties between two countries that fought three wars between 1870 and 1945 but are now seen as the lynchpins of peace in Western Europe.

Trump did not attend the peace conference and left for the U.S. shortly after it began.

He and Macron struck up a warm relationship initially but have repeatedly clashed since over a growing list of issues, including Trump´s decision to pull America out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.

Brought alive again by people too young to have known global war themselves, the ghostly voices seemed collectively to say: Please, do not make our mistakes.



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