Donald Trump hits back at Emmanuel Macron for European army proposal

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018

He wasted no time mixing it up with his host, tweeting as he arrived in France that President Emmanuel Macron had made an "insulting" proposal to build up Europe's military to counter the US, China and Russian Federation.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America", Macron said.

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.

US President Trump is heading to Paris on Friday for a weekend of ceremonies to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

US President Donald Trump on Friday took a jab at French President Emmanuel Macron for his proposal to build up a European army to counter threats from global powers, including the US.

For Sunday's armistice anniversary, Mr. Trump was to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.

He has railed against trade deals with the European Union and has criticised some EU nations, including France, for not spending enough on defence to sustain North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the decades-old Western alliance formed as a bulwark to Moscow's aggression.

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The magazine says "Germany has been keen on this mechanism, which keeps efforts at joint European defence within existing EU structures".

France is the strongest and most vocal proponent of an European Union army but Germany has also tentatively endorsed Mr Macron's proposals for a joint command structure for military interventions.

Both Trump and Mr Macron are scheduled to meet on Saturday morning at the French President's official residence, Élysée Palace, in Paris. Farage charged, "You appear to be hell-bent on pushing for your European army, hell-bent for a foreign policy without veto, and hell-bent to be on a direct collision course with President Trump and with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

But in a tweet prior to landing in Paris, Trump took a dim view of comments Macron made in a Europe 1 radio interview this week.

"I've seen what they have planned, and I think it's going to be something very, very special".

The last time the Macrons hosted the Trumps in Paris in July 2017, during Bastille Day celebrations, they whisked them up the Eiffel Tower for a private dinner on the second floor. Although leaders like Mr Macron will not likely take kindly to the tone in the U.S. president's tweet.

The US President is hoping to move past post-midterms controversy after the White House was accused of doctoring footage in support of its decision to revoke the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

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