Trump Slams France, Macron, Demands NATO Countries 'Pay Up'


Brigitte Macron, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump and Morocco's King Mohammed VI attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, November 11, 2018.

Asked on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier by reporters about's Trump attack, Macron replied: "What matters to me, very frankly, is what we do with the USA army".

The French army appeared to poke fun at Donald Trump on Twitter, after the United States president cancelled a visit to a World War One cemetery over poor weather.

"They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along", Trump tweeted. "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!" he added. That is more than twice the USA tariffs of French wine, which are 5 cents per bottle on still wine and 14 cents for sparkling wine.

The American president then claimed Macron was trying to divert attention from his approval numbers, which Trump says are "very low".

Trump also launched on attack on the French president over this call for a European army, a proposal the U.S. leader earlier had dubbed "insulting".

Trump's previously friendly relationship with Macron appears to be deteriorating, however, as the French leader decries the rise of nationalism the USA president has embraced.

"Yesterday was November 13, we were marking the murder of 130 of our people", Griveaux said.

The spat underscores tensions between the once-friendly leaders and displayed Mr Trump's irritation over criticism of how he acted in France over the weekend. We're going to help the globe.

In another tweet on Tuesday, Trump wrote: "By the way, when the helicopter couldn't fly to the first cemetery in France because of nearly zero visibility, I suggested driving".

The fierce broadside comes as Europeans increasingly ask whether they should rely on the mercurial Mr Trump and the United States for defence, which has been assured during the Cold War and beyond by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance stretching from Alaska to Turkey.

Considering that nationalism and patriotism are synonyms in the English language, Macron's comments were an obvious jab at the American president who recently called himself a nationalist. "Because patriotism is exactly the opposite of nationalism".

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Tuesday morning, the president went off on the country he just returned from.

"By the way, when the helicopter couldn't fly to the first cemetery in France because of nearly zero visibility, I suggested driving".

'Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown.

On Saturday, he skipped a scheduled tour of a military cemetery for Americans, while other world leaders publicly paid homage to those who died on the battlefield. Little reported-Fake News!'