First, Europe must contribute its fair share to NATO funding, Trump said. The army, which had previously been called upon to create Macron, according to the idea of the French leader, had to demonstrate: the EU is able to defend itself without the US
US President Donald Trump responded to the proposal of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to create a pan-European army so that Europe could defend itself, not depending on the United States.
A similar idea seemed to the American leader "very offensive, but possible" to implement. “But, perhaps, Europe should first pay its fair share in the financing of NATO, which [сейчас] heavily subsidize the US! ”- wrote Trump on his Twitter page.
He made such a statement before the start of his visit to Paris to events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
To defend Europe not only from Russia and China, but also from the United States, the French president called on the EU allies on November 6. He then reported this on the radio station Europe 1. It responded to Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles with Russia, which was signed back in 1988.
The main victim of this decision, the United States, as noted by Macron, will be Europe. In order to secure it, the French president then proposed the creation of a pan-European army. “This is necessary in the face of Russia, which is located on our borders and which can act threateningly,” emphasized Macron, noting that Europe should be able to defend itself, not depending on the United States.