President Trump expected to snub Paris Peace Forum

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

Nevertheless, a senior French source said: "It's really important to have the British on board, not just because they have the most capable, rapidly deployable armed forces along with our own, but also because we share the same strategic culture and history of projecting force outside Europe".

Actually, whaat Macron said on French radio on Tuesday was that Europe needed a real army to reduce reliance on the United States for defense in the face of a resurgent Russian Federation.

"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".

He added instead of building a military, Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation costs noting the USA pays far more than any other member. In response to threats from Russia, Macron argued: "We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner".

"We can't defend Europe if we don't have a real European army", he said.

For Sunday's anniversary, Trump was to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.

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Trump's talks with Macron at Elysee Palace are likely to cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and USA renewal of sanctions against Iran. Since the beginning of his term, Trump has been urging US NATO allies in Europe to up their defense spending.

Mr Macron has been a longstanding critic of Trump.

"I don't think that this defense identity will start with an European Union army", Schinas said on Tuesday.

The trip comes as the White House looks to grapple with a new political reality of Democrats taking the House in Tuesday's midterm elections and the fallout from the president's sudden firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Great world leaders", he said, are "driven by national interests". The pair are expected to meet during the G-20 meeting later this month in Argentina, and the White House has invited Putin to visit Washington. Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Trump returned the favour, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency.

The rationale behind the idea of creating a European army, which has been floated repeatedly through the years but has yet to materialize, is to lessen Europe's dependence on the whims of the United States politicians, Macron indicated.

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