On Tuesday, a divide between the US and two European nations seemingly widened. President Donald Trump has blasted President Emmanuel Macron for suggesting the need for a “European army” that is separate from NATO, an idea that German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly endorsed, and other comments the French leader made about nationalism.
“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?” said Trump in a tweet. “They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”
The comment came after Trump returned from a trip to Paris, according to a report by the Daily Mail, where he joined multiple world leaders, including Macron and Merkel, for a ceremony recognizing the centennial of the armistice that led to the end of World War I.
Trump also made his feud with Macron personal, saying that the French president, whom he praised as a friend just days earlier, has “very low” approval ratings.
“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!” said Trump in a tweet.
“MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!” he added in a follow-up message.
Trump also railed against France’s import laws, specifically when it comes to wine.
“On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S.,” said Trump in a tweet. “The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!”