US President Donald Trump blasted calls by Emmanuel Macron for a European Army defending himself against threats from powers including the US as "very insulting" on Friday night, setting a combative tone for his World War I commemorative visit to Paris.
No sooner had Trump touched down in Paris for a weekend of events to mark the end of World War I, than he fired off a tweet castigating his host on proposals to endow the EU with his own, joint army.
"President Macron of France just made that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia," the US president tweeted, referring to remarks made by Macron three days earlier.
"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly !," he added.
Melanie for the second time since becoming president, what is Macron in an interview with Tuesday for a "real European army."
Macron, an ardent advocate of closer European integration, said a joint European Union military force was needed.