Macron’s proposal for European Union army ‘very insulting’

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"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

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

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US", Macron said at the time.

Emmanuel Macron initially tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer".

Mr. Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the US relationship with the continent.

"We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States".

It was a clear sign that the "America first" president was ready to chart his own course yet again as world leaders gathered to remember the coalition that brought an end to the first global war. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from US tariffs.

Trump and Macron also have extensive differences over trade and USA sanctions on Iran.

In his September 2017 "State of the Union" address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated that "By 2025 we need a fully-fledged European Defence Union".

Trump has criticized existing European tariffs and regulations on autos, and has said he believes it's unfair that barriers are higher for American auto manufacturers seeking to sell in Europe. The sanctions stem from Trump's efforts to exit or renegotiate an worldwide deal struck during President Barack Obama's administration offering economic relief in exchange for a freeze of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Debating whether the United Kingdom should continue to defend its Western European allies, as it did throughout the 20 century, or take a more detached position, RT Howard in the Daily Telegraph argues "there is one compelling reason why our strategic ties with Western Europe now deserve to be closer than ever before". That effort hasn't yet yielded results, and the Trump administration has warned that countries hosting a so-called "special objective vehicle" to subvert the sanctions could face penalties themselves. European leaders say maintaining trade ties is essential to keep Iran from exiting the deal and restarting development of nuclear weapons.

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.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has embarked on a three-day visit to France on Friday.

The White House and the Kremlin had previously considered a formal meeting in Paris.

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