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PARIS – The latest news about President Donald Trump in France (local):


French officials say the Trump government has agreed to discuss with NATO partners its plan to cancel an arms control agreement with Russia.

Adjutants of French President Emmanuel Macron said the decision had been taken during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Macron on Saturday in Paris.

The White House did not comment immediately. John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters Friday in Paris that the US is in contract with its allies in close consultation with the states parties and "are very optimistic about a common position."

The US and NATO have accused Russia of breaching the nuclear middle class treaty.

Trump's decision to end the pact has alarmed many in Europe, where the treaty is seen as the cornerstone of the post-Cold War era. Macron has warned that if Russia is scrapped and uses such missiles, it could easily reach Europe, but not the US.



The White House calls Donald Trump's planned visit to a World War I cemetery due to bad weather.

Trump was due to visit the American cemetery Aisne-Marne near the village of Belleau in France on Saturday. It is the site of a battle of 1918 in which the Americans and French fended off the German troops. There, more than 1,800 Americans died.

The battle plays an important role in the history of the US Marines Corps. Trump was to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence on the construction site.

It rained all day in Paris, and the weather prevented Trump from reaching the site by helicopter more than 80 kilometers east of the French capital.

The White House chief of staff, John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, and his wife and his foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, will visit instead.


11:35 clock

President Donald Trump assures that the United States is "helping" the European defense, but reaffirms its desire that nations on the continent pay their fair share.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met on Saturday after the public discussed the French leader's proposal that Europe should rely less on the United States.

Trump said that Macron "understands that the United States can only do so much." However, he also stated that the US had not withdrawn and declared, "we want to help".

Macron has become a "trump whisperer" in Europe and has a close relationship with the president.

Their meeting on Saturday, however, included friendships, but lacked their previous exaggerated heat.



French President Emmanuel Macron defends his commitment to a more solid European defense in a meeting with President Donald Trump.

When the two men met on Saturday in the French presidential palace, Macron Trump called "my good friend" and even seemed to knock on his thigh. The two men had an up and down relationship.

Their meeting had a tense start after Trump had described it as "offensive" that Macron wants a European army. Macron defended the idea by saying, "It's unfair that Europe's security is guaranteed by the US today."

"That's why I believe we need more European capacity and more defense to shoulder that burden," he said. He says US states do not ask France or Germany or other countries to finance their armies.


11:15 clock

President Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump stopped in his limousine at the Élysée Palace on Saturday, where Macron greeted him.

The two men shook hands briefly, ignoring vocal questions about Trump's criticism of his French host, whom he had brought to his landing in Paris the night before.

Trump tweeted on Friday evening that Macron "just suggested that Europe should build its own military to protect itself from the US, China and Russia. He added that it was "very offensive" for the US and suggested that "Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO."

Macron's office says Trump misunderstood the remarks.

Trump is in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.



The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says President Donald Trump is confused because French President Emmanuel Macron wants to set up his own army for Europe.

Trump tweeted on Friday evening that Macron had "just proposed that Europe build its own military to protect itself from the US, China and Russia." fair share of NATO heavily subsidizing the US! "

An official in Macron's office said Saturday that Macron had not said that.

The French official, who was not authorized to be called public, says Trump brought together two different comments from the French president.

Macron said in an interview earlier this week that Europe needs to protect itself from "cyberspace" from "China, Russia and even the United States". Later, Macron reiterated that Europe needs to build its own military because it can no longer rely on US defense.

The two men will meet in Paris on Saturday and Macron's office says this issue will be on the table.


9:52 clock

President Donald Trump asks if there is anything better than celebrating the end of a war.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that he is in Paris to mark himself with other world leaders 100 years after the end of the First World War, in which millions of people were killed. The centenary is Sunday.

The president asks on Twitter: "Is there anything better than celebrating the end of a war, especially one that was one of the bloodiest and worst of all times?"

Before the festivities begin on Sunday, Trump will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will also visit the American cemetery in Belleau, France on Saturday to pay tribute to US soldiers who died on French soil during the war.

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