Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
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Latest News: Trump says the United States still wants to help defend Europe

PARIS –

President Donald Trump's latest news in France (local time):

11:35

President Donald Trump assures that the United States will "help" European defense, but reiterated its insistence that the nations of the continent pay their fair share.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met on Saturday after a public debate over the French leader's suggestion that Europe should rely less on the United States.

Trump said Macron "understands that the United States can only do a lot." But he also said the US is not disengaging, saying "we want to help."

Macron has carved out a sort of "trump whisperer" in Europe and has forged close relations with the president.

Their meeting on Saturday, however, included declarations of friendship but lacked their warmest superiority.

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11:30 am

French President Emmanuel Macron defends his desire to strengthen European defense during a meeting with President Donald Trump.

While the two men met Saturday at the French presidential palace, Macron called Trump "my good friend" and even appeared to hit him in the thigh. Both men had a relationship from top to bottom.

Their meeting experienced a start of tension after Trump called it "insulting" because Macron wants a European army. Macron defended this idea by stating: "It is unfair that European security is now ensured by the United States".

"That's why I think we need more European capabilities and defenses to support this part of the burden," he said. He states that the United States does not ask France, Germany or other countries to finance their armies.

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11:15

President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump arrived in his limo on Saturday at the Élysée Palace where he was greeted by Macron.

The two men briefly shook hands and ignored questions raised about Trump's criticism of his French host he had delivered during his landing in Paris the night before.

Trump tweeted Friday night that Macron "has just suggested to Europe to have its own army to protect itself from the United States, China and Russia." He added that this was "very insulting. "for the United States and suggested that" Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO ".

Macron's office says Trump misunderstood the comments.

Trump is in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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10:45

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says President Donald Trump is baffled by the will of French President Emmanuel Macron to create his own army.

Trump tweeted Friday night that Macron "has just suggested that Europe builds its own military forces to protect itself from the United States, China and Russia." Trump said it was "very insulting" to the United States and suggested that just part of NATO, that the United States is subsidizing a lot! "

A Macron office official said Saturday that Macron did not say that.

The French official, who has not been allowed to be publicly named, says Trump has reconciled two comments from the French president.

Macron said in an interview earlier this week that Europe had to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States" in terms of cyberspace. Later, Macron reiterated that Europe needed to build its own army because it could no longer count on the defense of the United States.

The two men meet Saturday in Paris. The Macron office has announced that this issue will be under consideration.

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9:52

President Donald Trump asks if there is anything better than celebrating the end of a war.

Trump tweeted Saturday in Paris that he was in Paris to join other world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, during which millions of people were killed. The centenary is Sunday.

The president asks on Twitter: "Is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war, especially this one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all the time?"

Before Sunday's festivities, Trump will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, will also travel to the American burial ground in Belleau, France on Saturday to pay tribute to American soldiers who died on French soil during the war.

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