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Donald Trump: Without the US, the French would be speaking German

That trope never gets old. Neither does: "Without the French, Trump would be pleading allegiance to the British Crown".

Trump's tweet is his second over the past five days that accuses Macron of suggesting European nations need more robust militaries to protect themselves from the U.S., a mischaracterization of what the French president actually said. Macron, in an interview with Europe 1, suggested that Europe needs to better position itself militarily against an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Macron also lamented a U.S. decision to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that prohibited the manufacture of intermediate range nuclear missiles. The "main victim" of that move, Macron said, is "Europe and its security."

"I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won't protect Europe if we don't decide to have a true European army," he said. "We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone -- and without only relying on the United States -- in a more sovereign manner."

"We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America," the French president also said, alluding to the decision to pull out of the missile treaty with Russia.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:46:01 PM EST
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France says Trump should have shown 'decency' on Paris attacks anniversary

In five posts sent on the same day France marked the anniversary of the 2015 attacks that killed 130 people, Trump blasted the key U.S. ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and President Emmanuel Macron's approval ratings.

When asked on Wednesday about the U.S. leader's Twitter posts, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux was critical.

"Yesterday was November 13, we were marking the murder of 130 of our people," Griveaux said. "So I'll reply in English: `common decency' would have been appropriate."

by Bernard on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:49:33 PM EST
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