Donald Trump ridicules France's Emmanuel Macron as relations sour

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

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

Asked to comment, the office of the French president said it had nothing to say about the tweets, but added that Macron had made his points about a European army and European defence very clear to Trump during talks they held on Saturday in Paris.

In response, Trump took to Twitter Tuesday, targeting Macron for his approval rating and claiming "there is no country more Nationalist than France".

He also complained about tariffs on USA wines in France, appeared to take a dig at President Emmanuel Macron's approval ratings, and attempted to defend his self-proclaimed nationalism by saying, "There is no country more Nationalist than France", all in a matter of hours.

In a series of tweets on his much-criticized WWI centennial visit to France, Trump defended himself against critics who said he showed a lack of respect to the fallen by failing to make the trip to the cemetery.

Trump then took issue with intercontinental trade and said in another tweet that France charges "big Tariffs" on wine imports, but the U.S. makes it "easy" for French wines and "charges very small tariffs". "Not fair, must change!" he wrote.

President Donald Trump dashed any hope he might rekindle his bromance with France's President Emmanuel Macron, tweeting nastily about Macron's suggestion that Europe should take Trump's advice and stop relying on USA for its defense.

"What is really important, if we look at the developments of the past year, is that we have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European army", Merkel told a session of European Parliament, drawing applause and some boos.

The French leader appeared to rebuke his counterpart in a speech condemning nationalism on Sunday during a visit to France by President Trump.

She added: "Along the way, we will have to reduce the parliamentary reservation for foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr a bit".

The two men had previously enjoyed a warm friendship, with Macron becoming the first world leader to be honored with a U.S. state visit since Trump's 2017 inauguration in April this year.

The two world leaders have had a complicated relationship since President Trump took office. She underscored that such a force would not mean the end of the USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Macron's comments were inaccurately reported and Trump continues to misrepresent them, seemingly for political hay.

Trump followed his bashing of Macron with an all-caps "make France great again" tweet.

Macron is hovering at around 30 per cent in popularity polls, while the unemployment rate is just above 9 per cent.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS White House chief of staff John Kelly (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford attend a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near the Belleau Wood battleground, in Belleau, France, on Saturday.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump said that he couldn't drive to the cemetery because it was "too far from the airport", and bad weather had grounded the presidential helicopter. Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain!

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