"We want to help Europe but it has to be fair. Right now, the burden sharing has been largely on the United States,” Trump said on Saturday hours after he slammed Macron for what he described as “very insulting” comments.
"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia," Trump wrote in a tweet just as he landed in France. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly!"
France has already agreed to pay a larger share of the costs of maintaining NATO, Presstv reported.
Macron said in an interview with Europe 1 radio on Monday that Europe needed a “European army” to protect the continent against the threats posed by China, Russia and even the United States of America.
His remarks came after Trump confirmed late last month that his administration planned to abandon the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia.
Macron, in the interview with Europe 1, said Washington’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty would pose a threat to “Europe and its security.”