Now Drumpf Picks A Fight With Macron

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Village Elder
#1
There's no pleasing this guy. He's the one that has been ragging about the USA having to bear the burden of arming all of NATO. Now he gets pissy faced when France says 'fine, we'll build up our own military!'. What did he expect, that the world would start worshipping his wrinkled ass?


Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France

By Maegan Vazquez and Michelle Kosinski, CNN
Updated at 6:51 PM ET, Fri November 9, 2018


Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump picked a fight with French President Emmanuel Macron over European defense just as Air Force One landed in France on Friday.

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly," Trump tweeted minutes after landing in France. He is set to spend the weekend in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.

Tuesday on Europe 1 radio, Macron called for a "real European army" within the European Union, according to AFP.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron said.

Macron also suggested that since the start of Trump's presidency, the US has been seen as a less reliable ally.

"When I see President Trump announcing that he's quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security," he said.

Macron has been advocating a similar position for months.

A senior French official said Friday night that Trump took Macron's words out "out of context."

According to the official, Macron will likely want to respond to Trump's tweet directly himself, and likely Saturday.

The official, though, clarified the language Macron used, saying that the French leader did not mean he wanted a European army but better coordination and funding of Europe's already-existing resources.

The official said that Macron was conveying that Europe should organize better to protect itself. There is already a European defense project, and Macron would like to see more capability, the official said.

"Not a European army. He did not mean Europe should form an army," the official said. "And this is all complementary to NATO, not separate from it."

Further strain in Trump-Macron relationship

Trump's tweet on Friday could preview another high-level international meeting in which the US President distances himself from traditional American allies. Unlike the tense G7 summit in June, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be present at this weekend's commemoration.

While both Trump and Macron appeared to be off to a warm start following Trump's inauguration, their relationship appears to have soured.

During a call about trade and migration in June, sources familiar with the call told CNN that it didn't end well.


Related Article: Trump jets to Paris, leaving political tumult behind


"Just bad. It was terrible," a source told CNN. "Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can't handle being criticized like that."

And more recently, a senior diplomatic source told CNN that Trump was "ranting and venting on trade" with Macron during their bilateral meeting in September.
There was "some rapport" between the two, "but it's not what it (once) was," the source said.

Macron isn't the only European leader to raise the prospect of Europe doing more for its own defense.

EU President Donald Tusk made a similar suggestion in May after Trump had pulled out of the Iran deal and the Paris climate agreement, threatened a series of trade disputes with Europe and constantly criticized NATO.

"Europe must do everything in its power to protect, in spite of today's mood, the transatlantic bond. But at the same time we must be prepared for those scenarios, where we will have to act on our own," Tusk said.
Tusk also said that the EU "should be grateful" to Trump "because, thanks to him, we have got rid of all illusions."

"Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?" Tusk said, later adding, "He has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm."

Trump's tweet on Friday continues his oft-repeated misunderstanding of the way NATO works. The President has consistently complained that NATO members don't adequately contribute to the shared defense agreement, suggesting the other 28 members somehow owe the US money.

Actually, all alliance members commit to spending 2% of their GDP on defense. While few have reached that threshold, most members have increased spending in recent years and are nearing the suggested level of spending.
 

Nattydread

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#3
I hope @Peremende is not soiling this thread with cartoons of Obama and articles about Hilary, hoping to divert attention from the angry orange-faced bison bull running wild in Normandy.
 

Amused

Village Elder
#4
Kassin, I impressed by how exceedingly the French officials try to explain Macron's views in an attempt to diffuse tension. That's diplomacy that's become foreign to the US since no language in the world can prettty up Drumpf's ignorant utterances.
 

Nattydread

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#8
Macron never fails to do this to Trump whenever they meet and shake hands. View attachment 207434
Am sure the dolt cringes when he knows they are about to shake.
Siku hizi the oaf's handshake tricks have been deciphered, dismantled and countered. Some third-rate psychologist told him that he could dominate people by grabbing them with his small hands, yanking them around and not letting go... :D

 

Amused

Village Elder
#9
Drumpf is on a roll today;

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California wildfires: Katy Perry condemns 'heartless' Trump tweet


Singer criticises president after he blamed US Forest Service ‘mismanagement’ for fires

Sam Wolfson in San Francisco and agencies
Sat 10 Nov 2018 05.57 ESTFirst published on Fri 9 Nov 2018 19.47 EST



Katy Perry has criticised Donald Trump’s response to the California wildfires as “absolutely heartless” after he said they were the result of poor forest management.

The singer was outraged after the US president threatened to withdraw federal funding from the US Forest Service.

The blaze, which is tearing through southern California, has forced celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Will Smith, Caitlyn Jenner and Denise Richards to leave their homes, while Lady Gaga and Guillermo Del Toro have said they fear their properties would go up in flames.
The president tweeted:

Donald J. Trump(@realDonaldTrump)​
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!​
Perry responded:​
KATY PERRY(@katyperry)​
This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters. https://t.co/DJ4PN26bLZ
KATY PERRY(@katyperry)​
There’s a lot of unknowns tonight... but what we do know is we are here for you and as a community we will help in any way possible. Immense gratitude to all the brave first responders out there putting their lives on the line for so many families. #CaliforniaFires
Will Smith said he was fleeing his home in Calabasas. The Hollywood star has been sharing updates about the blaze, which has prompted celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Caitlyn Jenner to evacuate their properties.

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Donald Trump Draws Ire With ‘Celebrate’ End Of WWI Tweet

Please don’t celebrate it. It’s an act of remembrance and commemoration.”
By Lee Moran
11/10/2018 06:28 AM ET

Twitter users chided President Donald Trump over his poor choice of words in a tweet about how he was marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Paris on Saturday.

Trump, who is in the French capital for the centenary commemorations, tweeted that he was “getting ready to celebrate the end of World War One.”


“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?” he asked.

Given the somber nature of the occasion, dozens of tweeters called out Trump for using the word “celebrate” instead of “commemorate.”
 
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