Trump "insulted" by Macron's proposal for European army

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a cabinet meeting in Charleville-Mezieres northeastern France Wednesday Nov.7 2018

Earlier leaving for Paris, the US President told reporters at the White House that it will be a "great, really, commemorative service".

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However, Trump canceled his visit because of bad weather.

Trump was slated on Saturday to visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near the village of Belleau, France.

The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

Trump unleashed an angry Twitter jab at his French host as he arrived in France late Friday.

Ben Rhodes, who served as deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under President Barack Obama, said the excuse about the inclement weather did not stand up. "We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone - and without only relying on the United States - in a more sovereign manner".

Their meeting Saturday, however, included declarations of friendship but lacked their previous over-the-top displays of warmth.

The French official suggested that Trump had conflated two separate issues, that of the US withdrawal from the INF treaty and the resulting threat to European security, and the need to create an autonomous military force in Europe.

The leaders met 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 USA wants to help. The two men have had an up-and-down relationship. Trump called the remark "very insulting" and appeared ill at ease in his meeting with Macron earlier today.

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The forum is part of Macron's efforts to defend the idea that nations need to work together instead of at each other's expense.

The president, joined by his wife Melania and high-ranking USA officials, arrived late on Friday aboard Air Force One for a visit that he called "very special" and one that he "looked forward to". He says the states in the US don't ask France or Germany or other countries to finance their armies.

Whatever the reason, the cancelation comes on the heels of an uncomfortable moment for the president as he met with French President Macron.

It was the same with Macron, who welcomed Trump in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace with a handshake and pats on the arm.

In response, Trump sent out a tweet just as the Air Force One landed in Paris on Friday night. Macron and Merkel unveiled a commemorative plaque where the Armistice was signed, ending the war. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the United States subsidizes greatly!"

"Macron is at the point where he understands the limits of their relationship", said Smith, the former Biden aide.

After Chancellor Angela Merkel briefly snuggled her head into the neck of French President Emmanuel Macron, the two went inside a replica of the train auto where the armistice was reached and put their names in a guestbook.

But a bit of rain on Saturday kept him from one of the solemn gatherings ― and his no-show prompted a chorus of scorn.

While Trump came all the way to Paris for commemorations marking 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I, he's skipping an global peace forum that Macron is launching Sunday. The centennial is Sunday.

President Trump started his Saturday in better spirits, asking "is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war" as he prepared to meet with Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace.

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