US President Trump heads to Paris

Minnie Murray
November 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels previous year.

Trump's talks with Macron at the Elysee 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. "We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S".

While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron headed towards a potential clash in talks on Saturday after Trump took offence at what he called a "very insulting" comment from Macron about the need to create a European army. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!" he said in a tweet.

Macron told Europe 1 radio that the "main victim" of the USA withdrawal from the INF accord was Europe and its security.

"Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in France, " Adesina said.

Macron has been an outspoken critic of Trump's "America First" policies and his decisions to pull out of global agreements such as the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and most recently a nuclear arms treaty.

The trip comes following a wild week of news - two mass shootings, a midterm drubbing that saw Democrats make massive gains in the House, and the forced resignation of his embattled attorney general - and President Trump will try and use the world stage to reset his agenda while bolstering his presidential standing with two days of largely ceremonial events.

President Macron has previously warned that Europeans can no longer rely on the USA to defend them, and returned to the theme on Tuesday during a visit to the former Western Front in Verdun.

President Donald Trump is asking if there's anything better than celebrating the end of a war. "I think the enduring lesson (of World War I) for the United States is that when you become a global power. you have global interests to protect", Bolton said.

"I don't know that we're seeing each other in Paris, but we may", Trump said.

On Saturday afternoon, Mr Macron will meet Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town of Compiegne in northern France, where the Allies and Germany signed the Armistice. The centennial is Sunday.

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