Trump to snub Macron's 'Peace Forum' on Armistice weekend

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US President Donald Trump Saturday said the suggestion of his French counterpart Emanuel Macron that Europe should build its own army was "very insulting", asserting that Europe should first pay its "fair share" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

He will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918, between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

President Donald Trump began a weekend visit to Paris with an attack on his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, for proposing Europe create its own continental military force. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the United States subsidises greatly!"

President Donald Trump ripped French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday upon his arrival in France, calling him out for proposing a European military.

Discussing cybersecurity threats and global instability in general, Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against China, Russia and the United States.

French officials said Macron's European Union army proposal was merely a call for closer defense integration.

The Paris Peace Forum, which will run until Tuesday, is part of what he sees as a "fightback" against nationalist forces which risk destabilising the global system, Vaisse said.

Trump and Macron are slated to hold talks on issues including Yemen, Syria and Iran, before their wives Melania and Brigitte join them for lunch.

Not on Trump's schedule, despite earlier discussions about the possibility, was an extended meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I think it will be something very, very special", he said. Early this year, Trump had hosted Macron on the first State Dinner of his Administration. At that meeting, Trump would not say whether he believed Putin or US intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

The isolationist USA leader has, however, ducked out of a peace conference Sunday afternoon, which Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism.

The US President is hoping to move past post-midterms controversy after the White House was accused of doctoring footage in support of its decision to revoke the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

The WWI commemorations come at a watershed moment for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the USA and Brazil, sharing power in Italy, and making strong gains in Germany, prompting Merkel to announce she is bowing out in 2021.

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