U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out - erroneously - at French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, saying it was "very insulting" for him to suggest Europe should create its own army to protect itself from potential adversaries.
In the touchdown tweet, Trump suggested Europe first pay "its fair share" of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation before contemplating a Europe-wide force.
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.
Earlier this week, Macron said in an interview with Europe 1 that he wanted "a real European army" to protect the Europeans from the USA and other nations.
Europe is the "main victim" of Trump's decision, Macron said in remarks made as he toured World War I battlefields ahead of the centenary of the November 11 armistice, according to the Wall Street Journal. "Europe and its security", the French president said.
At that meeting, Mr Trump would not say whether he believed Mr Putin or United States intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.
Trump was referring to the recent interview Macron gave to Europe 1 radio, in which he outlined the idea of a combined European army that would be able to protect Europe from Russia, China... and the US.
Mr Macron has been a longstanding critic of Trump.
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 worldwide system, Vaisse said.
He has railed against trade deals with the European Union and has criticised some EU nations, including France, for not spending enough on defence to sustain North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the decades-old Western alliance formed as a bulwark to Moscow's aggression.
Trump had been itching for a fight in the morning too, taking questions and hurling insults during a pop-up presser on the White House lawn as he headed out of town.
"It should be a very handsome period of time, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I".
"I don't think we have anything scheduled in Paris and I'm coming back very quickly", the president said.
U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on November 7, 2018. Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Trump returned the favor, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Mr. Trump to remain in the global climate change or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from USA tariffs.
"During his visit to Paris, President Buhari will attend a luncheon hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France in honour of visiting heads of delegations". "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".