Macron says France is US ally, not a vassal state

Macron totally missed the point when condemning nationalism

Macron totally missed the point when condemning nationalism

Macron also clarified his comments about Europe preparing an army to defend itself, saying "it was not a rejection of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or France's alliance with the United States, but a guarantor of France's "sovereignty" and would give France and other European countries the ability to help individual European countries, should they be in need", according to The New York Times.

The battles with May and Macron are the latest example of Trump's abrasive style when meeting worldwide leaders.

Trump lit into Macron Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defence force, French tariffs on US wine and even Macron's approval ratings.

Even as relations have soured, Mr Macron has promised to keep talking with the United States president.

But Mr. Macron's speech was not primarily a rebuke of Mr. Trump, even if the USA media largely characterized it as that.

"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russian Federation".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Mr Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval rating and lashing him over European defence proposals.

"Don't worry bro", he tweeted to Mr Macron. His elaborate staging of the French ceremonies surrounding the 100th anniversary of the armistice served as the unofficial launch of his campaign against the anti-nationalist forces in the 2019 European elections.

"Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism", Mr. Macron insisted. Many others posted photos and reference to the soccer victory. The remarks were seen by many as a direct challenge to Trump, who has openly identified himself as a nationalist.

Trump first came for Macron's and the rest of Europe's checkbooks in a November 10th tweet in reference to the EU Army versus North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It read, "It was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"

Mr. Trump's sense of history is shaky at best and his capacity for situating his presidency in its historical context is next to nil. His entire mission as President is steeped in a desire to make France Europe's indispensable nation, as it once was.

Speaking to French television channel TF1 on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier Wednesday, Macron said he expected more respect from the Oval office, France 24 reported. But he knows that can only happen if the European Union thrives, too.