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Macron to Trump: ‘I do not do policy or diplomacy by tweets’

LanguedocLiving, Nov 16

Macron’s friendly veneer with Trump has somewhat dissolved. In the latest are they friends or aren’t they saga, Macron has hit back at Trump by saying “I do not do policy or diplomacy by tweets.”

In an interview with TF1 Macron said of the France/US relationship: “At each important moment in our history we have been allies, and between allies there is respect and I do not want to hear the rest.”

He was responding to what Trump wrote on Twitter: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two — How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”

Trump followed this up by having a dig at French wine. “France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!”

Trump continued “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!…MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”

In the TF1 interview, Macron said his call for a European defence force was not a rejection of NATO or France’s alliance with the United States, but a guarantor of France’s “sovereignty.”

“Allies are not vassals,” Macron said.

On Wednesday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux was asked about Trump’s tweets. He said: “Yesterday was November 13, we were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people,” according to Reuters. “So I’ll reply in English: ‘Common decency’ would have been appropriate.”

Source Politico

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