Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Macron brushes off Trump attacks: US alliance deserves 'respect'

While Macron said France shares an important relationship with the US, it is not Washington’s subject.

    Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday two long-time allies like France and the US should treat each other with respect and that France was Washington’s ally, but not a vassal state.

    The French president’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump attacked Macron and France over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron’s approval ratings.

    Trump’s blows came in five tweets posted on Tuesday after his visit to France for the centenary of the end of World War I, during which Macron pushed his proposals for an EU army and said France has to protect itself with “respect to China, Russia and even the United States”.

    Trump tweeted on Tuesday that Macron “suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”

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