President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France met on Saturday morning in Elysee, Paris, seeking to ease rising tensions between the two leaders after President Trump’s complaints that Europe is taking advantage of the century-old-trans-Atlantic alliance.
President Macron assured Mr. Trump that his calls earlier this week for a”true European army” to defend against Russia, China and even the U.S. was actually in line with the U.S. president’s insistence that NATO allies need to pick up more of the burden of international security efforts.
In a tweet on Friday Mr. Trump said that he found Mr. Macron’s calls for a European army “insulting” and suggested that Europe should start paying its fair share in NATO.
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
The talks are taking place ahead of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on Sunday.