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Presidents Trump and Macron comment ahead of talks at Elysee Palace

Presidents Trump and Macron comment ahead of talks at Elysee Palace

Presidents Trump and Macron comment ahead of talks at Elysee Palace

Presidents Trump and Macron comment ahead of talks at Elysee Palace

Presidents Trump and Macron comment ahead of talks at Elysee Palace

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(10 Nov 2018) US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to diffuse tensions on Saturday over comments by both leaders that threatened to cast a shadow over a weekend celebration marking 100 years since the end of World War I. The American and French leaders, who have had somewhat of an up-and-down relationship, worked to project unity of opinion over whether Europe should create an army of its own. Their meeting got off to a testy start. Trump unleashed an angry Twitter jab at his French host as he arrived in France late Friday. He tweeted that Macron "has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidises greatly!" Macron's office said Trump misunderstood Macron's comments. The leaders met on Saturday at the Elysee Palace and, asked about the tweet, Trump said Macron "understand that the United States can only do so much," adding that the U.S. wants to help. Trump added that he and Macron are "getting along from the standpoint of fairness." Trump is in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Archive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APArchives Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/102011028589719587178/+APArchive​ Tumblr: https://aparchives.tumblr.com/​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/ You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/88b9a0de701762da4ee63fb7552cc6a5

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