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French were 'learning German' before US joined world wars: Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump (R) and French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump has blasted French President Emmanuel Macron saying the French were "starting to learn German in Paris" before US intervention in the world wars.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he also criticized his French counterpart for suggesting to create a European army against America.

President Emmanuel Macron had suggested building a military force to defend Europe against the US, China and Russia. Trump slammed Macron upon arrival in Paris last week, saying the suggestion was "very insulting."

On Tuesday, Trump once more turned up the heat on Macron for his defiant remark, claiming French people “were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along" to intervene in WWl and WWll.

Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, 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 US came along. Pay for NATO or not!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018

"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France," Trump tweeted.

Trump pointed to Macron's "very low" 26 percent approval rating, saying the French president only suggested creating a European army to "get onto another subject."

Trump often exerts pressure on US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) pushing them to spend more, demanding that they all pay a greater share of NATO’s expenses by increasing their defense budgets to 2% of their GDP.

Trump has relayed his wants to Macron, and others, demanding that NATO partners pay up to make military and trade deals with them “fair”.

Trump has faced widespread international criticism over his “protectionist” and “nationalist” policies.

During Armistice Day remarks in Paris, Macron, in an apparent jab at Trump, described nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism”

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