US President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched another attack against Emmanuel Macron over the French President’s call for a European army, a proposal the US leader earlier had dubbed “insulting.”
Macron had angered Trump by saying Europe needed its own army and listing the US along with Russia and China as a threat to European security.
Trump has repeatedly lambasted European allies for not spending enough on their militaries, particularly Germany.
“Emmanuel 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,” Trump said. “Pay for NATO or not!” Trump tweeted.
US officials have stressed that Washington is fully committed to the NATO alliance despite Trump’s comments.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, meanwhile, has welcomed stronger EU efforts on defense that could strengthen the alliance — but warned against duplicating its work while potentially undermining transatlantic ties.