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The Latest: Rain nixes Trump stops at US cemetery in France

PARIS – The Latest on Donald Trump's President in France (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

The White House is calling out to President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to a World War I cemetery due to poor weather.

Trump was slated to visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near the village of Belleau, France. It's the site of a 1918 battle in which the American and French repelled German forces. More than 1,800 Americans died there.

The battle looms large in the history of the U. Marine Corps. Trump was supposed to participate in a wreath-laying and a moment of silence at the site.

It has been raining in Paris all day and the Trump from arriving via helicopter to the site, which is 50 miles east of the French capital.

White House chief John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, his wife and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants to visit instead.

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11:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is assuring that the United States wants to "help" with European defense.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday after the French leader's suggestion that Europe should rely on the United States.

Trump said that Macron "understands that the United States can only do so much." what not disengaging, declaring "we want to help."

Macron has fashioned himself something of a "Trump whisperer" in Europe and has made a close relationship with the president.

Their meeting Saturday, however, included their previous over-the-top displays of warmth.

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11:30 a.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron is defending his push for more robust European defense in a meeting with President Donald Trump.

As the two men met at the French presidential palace Saturday, Macron called Trump "my good friend" and even appeared to tap him on the thigh. The two men have had an up-and-down relationship.

Trump called it "insulting" that Macron wants a European army. Macron defended the idea, saying "It's unfair to have European security today being assured by the U.S."

"That's why we believe we need more and more to take on this part of the burden," he said. He says the states in the U.S. do not ask France or Germany or other countries to finance their armies.

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11:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump pulled up in his limousine Saturday at the Elysée Palace where he was greeted by Macron.

The two men briefly shook hands and ignored shouted questions about Trump's criticism of his French host he delivered in Paris the night before.

Trump tweeted Friday night that Macron "just made that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. He added that it was "very insulting" to the U.S. 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 World War I.

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10:45 a.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office says President Donald Trump is confused by French President Emmanuel Macron's drive for Europe to create his own army.

Trump tweeted Friday night that Macron "just made that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia." Trump said that was "very insulting" to the U.S. and suggested that "Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the United States. Subsidies greatly! "

An official at Macron's office said Saturday that Macron did not say that.

The French official, who is not authorized to be named, says Trump lumped together two different comments by the French president.

Macron said in an interview earlier this week that Europe needs to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States" in terms of cyberspace. Later, Macron reiterated that Europe needs to build up its own military because of it. for defense.

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

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9:52 a.m.

President Donald Trump is asking if there's anything better than celebrating the end of a.

Trump is tweeted Saturday that he's in Paris to join other world leaders in marking 100 years since the end of World War I in which millions were killed. The centennial is Sunday.

The president asks on Twitter, "Is there anything better than the end of a was, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?"

Trump wants to meet Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump wants to visit the American Cemetery at Belleau, France on Saturday to pay their respects to Soldiers who died on French soil during the war.

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