Trump jabs Macron as he arrives in France for Armistice visit

German Bundeswehr soldiers of the 122th Infantry Battalion take part in a farewell ceremony in Oberviechtach Germany Thursday Jan. 19 2017

European Army: Macron's Initiative is Taking Shape Step by Step

Mr. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Friday in Paris that the USA was concerned about stability in Europe and that Mr. Trump was not shirking from global engagement.

On Tuesday, Macron took to French radio to express the need for Europe to reduce its reliance on an increasingly isolationist US for defence.

In addition to his meetings with Macron, Trump is expected to visit the Belleau Wood battlefield and American cemetery on Saturday, and speak at a Veterans Day ceremony Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery.

He added instead of building a military, Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation costs noting the US pays far more than any other member.

The French President told France's Europe 1 radio: "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States".

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have departed Washington for a weekend in Paris, where world leaders are gathering to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. While Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the US Senate, they lost control of the US House of Representatives to Democrats who may use their newfound power to launch investigations into Trump and stymie his agenda.

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The Taliban have said they are ready to talk to the end the war, but not with the Afghan government they deem illegitimate. Nevertheless, VOA quotes the Trump administration as saying the USA will attend in coordination with Kabul.

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. 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.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Friday in Paris that the United States was concerned about stability in Europe and that Trump was not shirking from global engagement.

Mr Macron has been a longstanding critic of Trump. "I think the enduring lesson (of World War I) for the United States is that when you become a global power. you have global interests to protect", Bolton said.

The rationale behind the idea of creating a European army, which has been floated repeatedly through the years but has yet to materialize, is to lessen Europe's dependence on the whims of the U.S. politicians, Macron indicated.

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.

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