President Buhari Travels To Paris For Peace Forum

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President Donald Trump began a weekend visit to Paris with an attack on his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, for proposing Europe create its own continental military force.

Trump said that Macron "understands that the United States can only do so much". "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on November 7, 2018.

Trump sent a tweet calling Macron's proposal "very insulting" as the US president's plane landed Friday evening for celebrations with world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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

At the same time, Macron has increasingly been positioning himself as a bulwark against the rising tide of Trump-style populism across Europe, speaking out loudly against the dangers of nationalism and isolationist retreat.

"Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in France, " Adesina said.

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Early this week, Macron had pushed for a "true European Army" that would address the threat posed by countries like Russian Federation and China.

Trump and Macron are slated to hold talks on issues including Yemen, Syria and Iran, before their wives Melania and Brigitte join them for lunch.

The relationship between Trump and Macron, once described as a "bromance", has long since soured amid the USA imposing steep tariffs on EU imports and threatening European businesses with secondary sanctions for dealing with Iran. "I think the enduring lesson (of World War I) for the United States is that when you become a global power. you have global interests to protect", Bolton said.

An official in Macron's office said Saturday that Macron didn't say that.

Donald Trump is expected to visit two American cemeteries over the weekend, ahead of a sombre commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to France's fallen under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. "Is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?", he tweeted.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump will also visit the American cemetery in Belleau, France, on Saturday to pay their respects to US soldiers who died on French soil during the war.

Before Sunday's festivities get under way, Trump will meet Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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