- The Washington Times
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

President Trump slammed French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over NATO burden sharing and trade relationships, while mocking the long-time ally for being occupied during the World Wars.

Mr. Trump also accused France of slapping tariffs on American wine.

On Friday, Mr. Macron said France needed an army to defend itself from potential foes, a list that included China, Russia, and the U.S. He also spoke against nationalism.

Mr. Trump claimed Mr. Macron was using the call for arms to distract from a low approval rating.

The NATO issue opened and closed the president’s weekend trip to France, where he met with world leaders gathering to pay their respects to those who fought in World War I.

He singled out Mr. Macron as he arrived on Friday, but he spoke generally about trade allies by Monday, accusing them of taking advantage of the U.S.

“It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves…and Trade must be made FREE and FAIR!” he tweeted Monday.

Mr. Trump also pushed back against criticism he received for not attending the memorial service with other world leaders.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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