Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump ridicules France's Emmanuel Macron as relations sour

Donald Trump ridicules France's Emmanuel Macron as relations sour

The US president even seemed to flick a piece of dandruff off of Macron's jacket on national television during the French president's state visit to the US capital, saying "we have to make him ideal".

"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26 percent, and an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Within just an hour of making that comment, Putin told other reporters that he did in fact briefly meet with Mr. Trump.

Almost all U.S. wine exports to major markets, including the European Union - of which France is a part - face tariffs, according to the Wine Institute, which represents California winemakers in Washington on matters of tax, trade and regulatory issues. "Not fair, must change!", the President Tweeted.

The French centrist, who hosted the US President and First Lady in Paris armistice centenary commemorations, stressed his while Europe needed a real army to reduce its dependency on America for defence, he had not said that the force was needed to protect Europe from the US. Trump visited a different US cemetery in a Paris suburb on Sunday.

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

On Tuesday, Mr Trump tweeted about Mr Macron's suggestion Europe should build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the USA for its defence.

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Trump's tweets on Tuesday also appeared to be in response to criticism he received during his trip to Paris, both from Macron and the press. Trump has pressured member states to meet the funding goal of 2 percent of each nation's gross domestic product, but only the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Greece met that goal a year ago.

But since April, things have deteriorated as Trump has taken a hard stance toward tariffs with Europe, while Macron has cast himself as a leading proponent of globalism and has repeatedly criticized the kind of nationalism Trump espouses.

"Diplomacy is not made through tweets but through bilateral discussions", Mr Macron said during Wednesday's weekly Cabinet meeting in comments reported by Mr Griveaux.

Early Tuesday morning, Trump mocked France's performance in the two world wars. "Even Trump's sullen, why-do-I-have-to-be-here demeanor during his visit to France would have been impossible to conceive under any predecessor I can think of".

On Tuesday, he rejected Macron's warnings against the threat of nationalism, made during an emotional ceremony in the French capital on Sunday attended by scores of world leaders.

Trump wrote on Twitter. He then tweeted: "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN" in capital letters. But Monday night, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supported Macron's plan and agreed that Europe shouldn't need to rely on the United States to supplement its military strength.

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