US President Donald Trump on Friday blasted calls by Emmanuel Macron for a European army to defend against threats from powers including the US as "very insulting", setting a combative tone for his World War 1-themed visit to Paris.
An official in Macron's office said Trump lumped together two different comments by the French president, and that the comments would be on the table for Saturday's meeting.
"We are being hit by attempted break-ins in cyberspace and interventions elsewhere in our democratic lives", Macron said.
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.
"Who is the principal victim? Europe and its security", he said.
When asked about the tweet, Trump said to Macron: "Understand that the United States can only do so much", adding that the USA wanted to help. Later, Macron reiterated that Europe needed to build up its own military because it could no longer depend on the U.S. for defence.
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The American and French presidents discussed their differences about European security on Saturday, the morning after Donald Trump arrived in Paris and immediately criticized his host. "Very insulting", Trump said in a tweet.
Ferrand is parliamentary speaker in the lower house of parliament.
On Saturday afternoon, Mr Macron will meet Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town of Compiegne in northern France, where the Allies and Germany signed the Armistice.
"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly", Trump said on Twitter.
Mr Macron was speaking in Verdun, northeast France on Tuesday, as part of a week-long tour of battlefields leading up to First World War Armistice centenary commemorations in Paris on Sunday. 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.
Trump may also chat briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday when both are among some 70 world leaders gathered at the Arc de Triomphe to mark the end of the Great War 100 years ago.
"It should be a very lovely period of time, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. We have many countries - the leadership from many countries will be there, especially since they heard the United States will be there".