Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Vice President embarks on three-day visit to France

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Steven Clarke | 10 November, 2018, 05:31

Macron also criticized Trump's plan to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the USA says Russian Federation has violated.

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" tweeted Trump, who is scheduled to meet Macron for bilateral talks on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Macron said Europe needed a real army to reduce reliance on the United States for defence.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America", Macron said on French radio, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Fresh off US congressional elections that saw his Republican Party's power erode, Trump is spending the weekend in Paris to bolster the US-European alliance at World War One remembrance ceremonies.

Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the USA relationship with the continent.

Trump's talks with Macron at Elysee Palace are likely to cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and USA renewal of sanctions against Iran.

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Gillum conceded to his opponent, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday, but as more votes have been counted the race has narrowed. Kemp holds about a 63,000 vote lead, with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million votes .

Mr. Trump and Macron's early relationship was marked by kisses, frequent meetings and marathon power handshakes.

The relationship between Trump and Macron, once described as a "bromance", has long since soured amid the U.S. imposing steep tariffs on EU imports and threatening European businesses with secondary sanctions for dealing with Iran. "Europe and its security", the French president said.

"I don't think that this defense identity will start with an European Union army", Schinas said on Tuesday.

"Great world leaders", he said, are "driven by national interests".

The French president, who tried but failed earlier this year to talk Trump out of withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has also voiced worries about the impact of sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran.

Later in the interview he spoke about the need for a European army. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from US tariffs.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were expected to visit several memorial sites in France that are dedicated to American service members. The pair are expected to meet during the G-20 meeting later this month in Argentina, and the White House has invited Putin to visit Washington.

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