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Trump Just Attacked French President Emanuel Macron In Tweet The Minute He Landed In Paris

Donald Trump attacked Emmanuel Macron for proposing Europe create its own military, just as the president arrived in France for a meeting with the country’s president.

Macron this week called for the formation of a “true European army” to protect the continent from potential threats, including China, Russia and the U.S. Trump is visiting France for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Trump was referring to comments made by Macron in a radio interview earlier in the week, in which he called for a “true European army” intended to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.”

Macron cited Trump’s recent announcement he planned to pull the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear forces treaty with Russia as evidence that Europeans should direct more focus on protecting their own security interests.

“We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign matter,” Macron said.

“Who is the main victim? Europe and its security. I want to build a real security dialogue with Russia, which is a country I respect, a European country – but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States.”

The position doesn’t exactly conflict with Trump’s repeated past demands for U.S. allies to share more of the cost burden for their defense.

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