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Trump Slams France, Macron, Demands NATO Countries 'Pay Up'

Trump in France finally visits WW I cemetery endures criticism of French president and other world leaders Back from Paris, President Trump warns U.S. allies about military 'protection'
Patty Aguilar | 14 November, 2018, 19:21

"He was just trying to get onto another subject", Trump wrote.

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He said the country charged "big tariffs" compared with the "very small tariffs" the United States placed on French wine. "Not fair, must change!"

Discussing the dangers of cyberhacking, political meddling and the USA decision to withdraw from a missile treaty, Macron said Europe needed to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States".

The Associated Press President Donald Trump stands among headstones during an American Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday at Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris, one day after skipping another World War I ceremony because of rain. They were starting to learn German in Paris before the United States came along.

In his tweet on Tuesday, Trump again referenced France's spending, writing: "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!"

After the first tweet, an official in Macron's office said Trump lumped together two different comments by the French president, and that the issue would be discussed at a meeting held on Saturday.

Asked to react to Trump´s tweets mocking Macron´s low poll numbers and lashing his defence proposals, spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told reporters: "Yesterday was November 13 when we commemorate the murder of 130 citizens three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis".

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The French president also suggested, in an apparent attack on Trump, that nationalism is a "betrayal of patriotism".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim at France's trade practices surrounding its wine industry.

"You look so comfortable up there under shelter as we're getting drenched", Trump said, drawing laughter from the crowd. After Trump said Germany was "captive to Russia" due to its energy connections to Russia, Merkel responded by saying how she remembered when Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union "and I am very happy that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany".

But the two leaders differ on much more than just defence.

Trump is said to have written him a jokey note saying: 'Yes, Emmanuel, it's true.

Trump berated May for Great Britain not doing enough in his assessment to contain Iran.

"W$3 hen the helicopter couldn't fly to the first cemetery in France because of nearly zero visibility, I suggested driving".

Many people had taken Macron's comments during the World War I commemoration to be directed toward Trump, speaking harshly against "nationalism" after the US leader described himself as a "nationalist". Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain! In addition to the aforementioned NBC News report, Trump's speech was also covered by outlets such as CNN, USA Today, CBS News and Time magazine.

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