Trump fires back at European leaders after damp reception in France

Frederick Owens
November 17, 2018

Paris: President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday told Donald Trump that France was the United States' ally and not a vassal state after the USA president attacked him in a series of tweets that demonstrated how much their relationship had soured.

Trump had earlier criticised Macron's suggestion that a European army was needed, in part, to reduce reliance on the USA military. The president had already criticized Macron's call for a European Union army before he arrived.

"The United States of America is our ally and it will continue to be, but being its ally does not mean being a vassal state, we must not depend on them", he said Wednesday. But some leaders and countries, for selfish and shortsighted reasons, indeed seem keen to take this route, and unless this trend is stopped in its tracks, the world may well face another period of nationalist-led conflict and bloodshed.

After Trump was gone, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who recently announced that she will not be seeking re-election, made an impassioned plea for global cooperation at the peace forum, saying World War I had "made clear what disastrous consequences a lack of compromise in politics and diplomacy can have".

On Sunday, Armistice Day, he did attend the ceremony at the nearby Arc de Triomphe at the foot of the Champs-Elysees, but he didn't join others in the procession there and later visited another US cemetery at Suresnes, outside Paris. He misrepresented the French leader's comments along the way, even though the two presidents had talked through the issue while Trump was in France over the weekend for events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

However, in response, may has faced intense criticism from trump. He also spent time with Macron on Saturday, when the two stressed their shared desire for more burden-sharing during a quick availability with reporters.

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Trump's quick trip to Paris was in sharp contrast to the memorable visit of President Woodrow Wilson one century earlier, when he was hailed as a conquering hero, having brought America into The Great War on the Allied side in 1917 after three years of rigid neutrality. While Trump was quick to claim victory as Republicans picked up a few Senate seats, they lost the House of Representatives and election results appear to be getting worse by the day for the GOP. Trump has embraced the "nationalist" label despite its negative connotations.

French President Emmanuel Macron sparked controversy last week with his proposal for a "European army" to "protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States".

"Every day our soldiers fight together, risk their lives together - that's the most important decision you take when you are president", Macron said.

On Sunday, Trump went ahead with a visit and speech in the rain at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris.

"France and Germany are really jumping the gun".

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