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Trump And Macron Discuss European Army Comments Ahead Of WWI Commemorations

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have sought to diffuse tensions over comments made regarding a European Army.

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President Trump and President Macron meeting earlier this year (Picture: PA).

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have sought to diffuse tensions over comments made regarding a European Army. 

The comments came as world leaders prepare to go to Paris tomorrow for a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centenary of World War One.

The leaders have had a turbulent relationship but met to project unity of opinion over whether Europe should create its own army. 

President Trump declared his anger in a tweet, saying that Macron "has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidises greatly!"

President Macron's office said President Trump had misunderstood the comments. 

President Trump was asked about the tweet during a meeting with the French leader at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

He said President Macron "understands that the United States can only do so much", adding that the US wants to help. He added that they are "getting along from the standpoint of fairness".

President Macron said: "I do share President Trump's views that we need a much better burden sharing with NATO and that's why I do believe that my proposal for a European defence is utterly consistent with that."

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NATO is currently has recently hosted its biggest war games since the Cold War (Picture: NATO).

In an interview earlier this week, President Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States" in terms of cyberspace.

Later, President Macron reiterated that Europe needs to build up its own military because it can no longer depend on the US for defence.

President Trump has made similar arguments, particularly in urging NATO's European members to increase its share of defence spending.

Other leaders, including Prime Minister Theresa May, will join and President Trump and President Macron for centenary commemorations in Paris on Sunday.