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Trump to Macron: Saudi Arabia cornerstone of stability in region

11 November 2018

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidises greatly", Trump said on Twitter.

Mr Trump is scheduled to visit a different USA cemetery near Paris on Sunday.

However, Trump canceled his visit because of bad weather.

French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to defuse a dispute with his U.S. counterpart, hailing the "great solidarity" between the two countries after Donald Trump blasted his proposals for a European army.

Trump, who maintained an aloof bearing on arrival at the Elysee Palace but was visibly more relaxed after the talks, described himself and Macron as "very good friends".

Macron will pay tribute to the fallen soldiers in a speech at the Arc de Triomphe, where an unknown soldier killed in the war is buried.

The UK government has invited 10,000 members of the public to march past the Cenotaph in a "People's Procession" to give thanks and pay their respects to all who served in World War I. It has also called for bells to be rung across the nation and around the world to replicate the spontaneous ringing of bells across Britain on November 11, 1918 as news of the war's end spread.

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Trump's official mission on the trip is to participate in ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

"We want to help Europe but it has to be fair".

Talks may also cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and USA renewal of sanctions against Iran.

As well as defence, Macron said he and Trump would discuss trade, Iran and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery dedicated to the US soldiers killed in the Belleau Wood battle during World War One at Belleau, France, Nov. 10, 2018.

In an interview published on Saturday by Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, Tusk also said he believed Trump wanted a world with "the United States on one side and on the other, a disparate collection of other countries".

Separately, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled a similar distance by vehicle to a commemorative event in northern France.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also publicly stated that Europe can no longer rely on USA military might alone. "I think it's going to be something very special". While Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the US Senate, they lost control of the US House of Representatives to Democrats who may use their newfound power to launch investigations into Trump and stymie his agenda.

With far-right nationalist politicians coming to power from Brazil to Italy to Austria, 40-year-old centrist Macron is set to invoke the war to make the case for worldwide cooperation.

Instead, Trump sent his Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford in his place to the site, which lies 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Paris.

He is scheduled to visit the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris on Sunday.

The messages were "the word of a travelling salesman who in many ways wants to promote sales of American arms while we want to ensure that Europe... is able to defend itself and produce its own weapons to defend itself", Ferrand told Europe 1 radio.

Trump accompanied by his wife Melania arrived in Paris on Friday to attend the commemorations ending World War I.

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Trump to Macron: Saudi Arabia cornerstone of stability in region