U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday it was "very insulting" for French President Emmanuel Macron to suggest Europe should create its own army to protect itself from potential enemies, including the United States.
He added instead of building a military, Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation costs noting the US pays far more than any other member.
"Confronted by Russian Federation, which is on our borders and which has shown itself willing to be threatening, we need to have a Europe that can better defend itself by itself and in a sovereign way, without depending exclusively on the United States", he said.
Macron's office declined to comment on Trump's tweet.
"We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States".
"While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World 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. Since the beginning of his term, Trump has been urging US NATO allies in Europe to up their defense spending.
Earlier this summer, Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe, which retaliated with similar duties on American products including bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The sanctions stem from Trump's efforts to exit or renegotiate an global deal struck during President Barack Obama's administration offering economic relief in exchange for a freeze of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
"We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army". 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.
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.
In addition to his meetings with Macron, Trump is expected to visit the Belleau Wood battlefield and American cemetery on Saturday, and speak at a Veterans Day ceremony Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery.
"Great world leaders", he said, are "driven by national interests".
The White House and the Kremlin had previously considered a formal meeting in Paris.