The president, Donald Trump, today renewed his criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron, for his “low levels of popularity” while underlining that it was the US who rescued France during World War II.
“Emmanuel Macron suggests building his own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russia. But it was Germany in the First and Second World War – how did France ? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the US arrived Paying for NATO or not, “Trump said ironically on his Twitter account.
Since his arrival at the White House, he has demanded that NATO members increase their military budget, since he considers that the cost with which the US charges to protect its allies is excessive and unjust.
The president said that “the problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low level of popularity in France, 26%, and unemployment of almost 10%” and “was just trying to change the subject.”
“By the way, there is no country more nationalist than France, very proud people and they do well! LET’S DO GRANDE FRANCE AGAIN!, He added, imitating his electoral campaign slogan.
In Paris, during the acts of commemoration, Macron argued that “patriotism is just the opposite of nationalism” by adding that “nationalism betrays it”.
Trump’s words come just a day after he returned from France, where he traveled to celebrate the centenary of the armistice of the First World War.
His arrival started with controversy, since just landing on Friday in Paris wrote a message on Twitter in which he considered “very insulting” that Macron proposed a European army “to protect itself from the US, China and Russia.”
During the weekend, both leaders held a bilateral meeting in which they sought to reduce the tension.
“I think we had a very clear discussion. He (Trump) is in favor of better sharing the burdens within NATO. I agree with that. And I think that to better share the burdens, we all need more Europe, “said Macron, later, in an interview on CNN.
However, the French president refused to qualify the message his US counterpart on Friday as a mistake and said he prefers to carry out his diplomatic duties “through direct discussions,” and not through tweets, Trump’s favorite media.