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Trump calls Macron's idea for European army 'very insulting'

IANS  |  Paris 

US Donald Trump, who just arrived in for commemorations, said on Friday that French Macron's suggestion of building its own military to protect itself from US and other nations "very insulting".

"of has just suggested that build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, and Very insulting," Trump said in a tweet, reported.

"But perhaps should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly!" he tweeted.

Earlier this week, said in an interview with Europe 1 that he wanted "a real European army" to protect the Europeans from the US and other nations.

Trump had been frequently criticising European nations for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of two percent of (GDP) set by the (NATO).

According to NATO figures, only five of 29 allies met their defense spending targets this year -- Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Britain and the US.

Earlier in July, had said that a NATO summit statement had confirmed the goal of 2 per cent by 2024.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 03:42 IST