France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency'
France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency'
AFP Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT
15 November, 2018, 15:25
"What French people expect from me is to not respond to tweets but to stick to this important history".
Since Macron's election in 2017 and their first white-knuckle handshake at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, they have had an up-and-down relationship.
Indeed, the U.S. President, who has pilloried European countries for failing to bear their fair share of the defence burden as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, seemed to take Mr. Macron's plan for a "real" European army as a threat and insult rather than a sign that the French President was acting on Mr. Trump's urgings.
Although Mr Macron's response was restrained on Wednesday, his spokesman showed Mr Trump's criticism had struck a chord.
"Yesterday was November 13", Griveaux said, according to the minutes of a meeting of France's Council of Ministers - remarks that were widely reported in French media.
Macron himself issued a more subdued rebuke on Wednesday.
In his Tuesday (local time) tweets, Trump personally criticised Macron, who had previously sought to curry favour with Washington.
"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of nearly 10%", Trump wrote, attempting to explain Macron's remarks.
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The French government sharply criticized President Donald Trump for mocking French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week on the three-year anniversary of the Paris terror attacks.
Macron addressed the tensions with Trump in a wide-ranging interview on French television Wednesday night, conducted aboard an aircraft carrier.
"By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France", Trump noted, "very proud people-and rightfully so!".
But asked whether there was a deeper misunderstanding between the two countries after Macron's comments about a European army infuriated Trump, Macron said being a United States ally did not mean being subservient. The U.S. President's obsession with his own press made it all but inevitable that he would fire back at Mr. Macron, if only to ensure he got the last word in.
But asked whether there was a deeper misunderstanding between the two countries after Mr Macron's comments about a European army infuriated Mr Trump, the French President said being a U.S. ally did not mean being subservient.
Trump met Macron in Paris over the weekend.
"The choice in [the 2019 European elections] will be between the EU of Macron, marching toward federalism and mass immigration, and the Europe of Free Nations, of the identities and protections that we represent", Ms. Le Pen tweeted in August after a meeting between Mr. Orban and Mr. Salvini.
"The United States is our historic ally, but to be an ally is not to be a vassal", he said.
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