Trump calls French President Macron's idea for a European army 'very insulting'

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Renault Maubeuge Construction Automobile factory in Maubeuge France

The U.S. leader has traveled to Europe with first lady Melania Trump to participate in a ceremony Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, in which 40 million people were killed.

At that meeting, Mr Trump would not say whether he believed Mr Putin or USA intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election. "We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S".

At the same time, Macron has increasingly been positioning himself as a bulwark against the rising tide of Trump-style populism across Europe, speaking out loudly against the dangers of nationalism and isolationist retreat.

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

The president told reporters Wednesday that he would not be holding an extended meeting Putin before the G-20 summit later this month in South America, though said he won't be surprised if the two interact during the leaders' luncheon at the Elysee Palace on Sunday.

But the idea of a European army has limited support in Berlin and London.

European leaders have perceived Trump's demands for billions of additional dollars in defense spending from them as a threat for the United States to pull out of the almost 70-year-old alliance.

"That's why I believe we need more European capacities and more defense to take this part of the burden", he said.

"When President Trump has to protect one of the states of the United States he doesn't ask France or Germany or another government of Europe to finance it".

On Saturday morning, Macron and Trump will hold bilateral talks on issues expected to include Syria and Iran before lunching with Melania and Macron's wife Brigitte.

Just hours later he Trump managed to insult many of his followers by asking if there is "anything better than celebrating" the end of a war as world. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidises greatly!" By custom, the official was not authorized to be publicly name.

As he arrived, he tweeted that Mr Macron "has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation". Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both publicly questioned whether Europe can depend on the U.S.to come to its aid in the event of war.

One outrage man commented: 'Nobody celebrated the end of that war.

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