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Trump Mocks France For Being Invaded During WWII On Anniversary Of Deadly 2015 Paris Attacks


Trump Mocks France For Being Invaded During WWII On Anniversary Of Deadly 2015 Paris Attacks

President Trump on Tuesday morning again took a swipe at French President Emmanuel Macron for proposing an army to protect Europe against China, Russia, and the U.S.

“Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday as France began commemorating the third anniversary of the deadly terror attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris.

“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,” he wrote in an apparent attempt to mock France for having been invaded by Nazi Germany some 80 years ago. “Pay for NATO or not!”

Trump tweeted a similar attack last Friday as he landed in Paris to attend a commemoration ceremony marking the end of World War I.

“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted. “Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”

Macron last week pushed for a “true, European army,” warning that European nations can no longer rely on the U.S. to defend them from threats posed by Russia, China and the U.S. He said the continent needs “to defend itself better alone.”

“We must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States,” Macron said during a radio broadcast. His remarks came after President Trump abruptly pulled the U.S. out of a key 1987 nuclear treaty with Russia.

As Trump tweeted his attacks on Tuesday, Macron attended the commemoration ceremony for the 2015 attack that left 130 people dead. The attacks were the deadliest in the country since World War II.

As ThinkProgress notes, Trump followed up his initial tweet Tuesday morning with additional tweets “encouraging the rise of his own brand of nationalism in France.”

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump notes: “Of all the countries to taunt about how the American military came to their assistance, France is a particularly ironic choice. You know what country depended on military aid from France in order to ensure its very existence?”


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