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Days after visit, Trump blasts Macron as relations sour

Days after visit, Trump blasts Macron as relations sour”

Tuesday's attacks on Twitter included a note about Macron's low approval ratings, France's high unemployment rate and even French surrender during World War II, saying that the French were "learning German" by the time the US intervened in the conflict.

The two leaders have been at odds all week over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending, with Macron openly chiding Trump for calling his own policies "nationalist" in a speech that was supposed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

In his latest rebuke of the French president - who last week called for a "real European army" to defend the continent against China, Russia and even the US - Mr Trump appeared to insult the role played by Paris in both of the conflicts.

"He was just trying to get onto another subject", Trump wrote.

Donald Trump has once again accused France of wanting to build a European army to protect itself from the U.S. after apparently misunderstanding Emmanuel Macron for the second time in less than a week.

The U.S. president waited for another hour to say that the French are making excellent wines, but the U.S. charges them with small tariffs when compared to U.S. wine imports to France. "Not fair, must change!" he said.

Trump pointed to Macron's recent comments about Europe's need to protect itself, writing that "it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?" Although there have been some tension between the two countries over the years, (specifically when France refused to take part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq), France and the US have been strong allies since America's beginning. Trump visited a different US cemetery in a Paris suburb on Sunday.

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

On Sunday, the president and first lady are scheduled to attend the American Commemoration Ceremony at Suresnes American Cemetery hosted by the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Trump on Sunday also missed a procession of world leaders who somberly walked shoulder-to-shoulder in the rain as bells tolled marking the exact moment the war's fighting ended: 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.

Trump concluded his series of tweets with a call to "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" But in that portion of the radio interview, Macron was actually referring to cybersecurity matters and fading multilateralism, rather than the military. "Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown".

"Here on the revered grounds of Suresnes American Cemetery lie more than 1,500 US service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the first world war", Trump said, in his remarks at the cemetery, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission. He added that he gave a speech at the cemetery the next day in the pouring rain - something that was "little reported".

Macron's "globalist" political philosophy, which denounces nationalism as a force for evil, accurately represents the progressive movement in Western Europe, which seeks to continually centralize power in the bureaucratic behemoth that is the European Union.

As if President Trump's visit to France this weekend wasn't surrounded by enough controversy already, a new report coming from RT indicates that French President Emmanuel Macron had a specific request for Mr. Putin.

Trump as a outcome, refused to sign the G7 statement and hinted at other tariff measures against the US neighbor to the north. Trump has embraced the "nationalist" label despite its negative connotations.



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