Trump rips Macron for proposing new European Union army to defend against US

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Macron, during a visit to the World War I Western Front at Verdun, told Europe 1 radio that in face of a revived threat from Moscow that Europe needed to "defend itself better alone" and Europeans can not protect themselves without a "true European army".

Mr Macron said on Tuesday that Europe "had to protect itself".

Trump pulled up in his limousine Saturday at the Élysée Palace where he was greeted by Macron.

Organised by the French Government and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the Forum is based on the "simple idea that worldwide cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace".

"We are being hit by attempted break-ins in cyberspace and interventions elsewhere in our democratic lives", Macron said.

Trump's main speech will also come on Sunday, which will also act as his traditional Veterans' Day address.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday criticised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for suggesting the Europe should build its own army.

He is specifically pushing for the creation of a nine-country European force, independent from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that could rapidly mount a joint military operation, evacuate civilians from a war zone, or provide aid after a natural disaster.

After talks on issues including Syria and Iran, Macron and Trump will be joined by their spouses Melania and Brigitte for lunch.

Visiting heads of state will gather for a dinner in Paris in the evening.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were expected to visit several memorial sites in France that are dedicated to American service members. "Is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?" the President asked in a tweet. Although leaders like Mr Macron will not likely take kindly to the tone in the United States president's tweet.

Earlier leaving for Paris, the US President told reporters at the White House that it will be a "great, really, commemorative service".

The status of this proposed meeting has changed repeatedly in recent weeks.

The president, joined by his wife Melania and high-ranking USA officials, arrived late on Friday aboard Air Force One for a visit that he called "very special" and one that he "looked forward to".

At that meeting, Mr Trump would not say whether he believed Mr Putin or U.S. intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

The American and French leaders, who have had somewhat of an up-and-down relationship, worked to project unity of opinion over whether Europe should create an army of its own.

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