Trump continues broadsides against Macron after returning home

Trump continues broadsides against Macron after returning home

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Trump delivers remarks before the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial. 11/11/18. (WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON— Two days after returning to the U.S. following a brief trip to Paris, President Donald Trump is continuing to take swipes against French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter.

Trump lead into his Tuesday morning Tweet storm by claiming that Macron is calling for building up France’s military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia.

It was an echo of a tweet he sent when he first arrived in France.

In reality, while Macron told radio network Europe 1 that there is a need to protect Europe from China, Russia and the U.S., he said this called for a “true European army” that would rely on less U.S. support than NATO.

Trump spent the weekend in France to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of the end of World War I.

The events included functions with world leaders and an appearance at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial.

The schedule also called for Trump to visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, but it was canceled due to concerns surrounding the weather, with Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attending in his stead.

The justification was met with raised eyebrows worldwide, including from the French Army, who posted a mocking Tweet stating that the rain was not “serious.”

Trump defended the decision to cancel the trip Tuesday, claiming that the logistics made it impossible.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement Sunday expressing similar concerns.

“Because of near-zero visibility, Marine One was unable to fly, as had been planned,” Sanders said. “A car ride of two and a half hours, each way, would have required closures to substantial portions of the Paris roadways for the President’s motorcade, on short notice. President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people. He was honored to be able to attend today’s event at the Suresnes American Cemetery and was deeply moved by the sacrifices of so many for the cause of freedom.”

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