Buhari leaves Abuja to participate in peace forum in France

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

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".

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" tweeted Trump, who is scheduled to meet Macron for bilateral talks on Saturday. The French and German leaders this weekend will jointly visit the remains of the train carriage where the armistice ending World War I was signed on November 11, 1918.

Reenactor soldiers walk away as French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after a ceremony as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the First World War, in Morhange, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

Trump originally wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday with a grand military parade in Washington, as he was inspired by the tanks and flyovers he saw during France's Bastille Day celebration when he visited Paris in July of previous year.

Mr Trump ordered the Pentagon to come up with plans for his own version, but they were eventually scrapped over concerns about costs and the damage tanks weighing many tons would do to the streets in Washington. "There may be a lunch for the leaders".

But upon leaving Washington, the president seemed eager to renew focus on the controversies ignited over the past week, lashing out at reporters as they pressed him on stories like his firing of Sessions, the suspension of a CNN correspondent's press pass, and the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races now both likely heading to recounts.

Trump and Putin have met previously on the sidelines of two summits and had their own bilateral meeting in July in Helsinki. At that meeting, Trump would not say whether he believed Putin or USA intelligence agencies about their conclusions about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election. "Europe and its security", Macron said.

Mr Trump's brief visit to Europe comes amid uncertainty about the USA relationship with the continent.

Such was the symbolic importance of the French capital that victorious U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing said it was his "desire that every man in the American Expeditionary Forces should be given the opportunity to visit Paris before returning to the United States". Trump has railed against trade deals with the European Union and has criticized some EU nations, including France, for not spending enough to defense to sustain North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the decades-old Western alliance formed as a bulwark to Moscow's aggression.

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