Emmanuel Macron unveils European defence coalition

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President Trump took to Twitter as his plane landed in the French capital, saying, "President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation".

Macron said in a radio interview earlier in the week that the European Union needs to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States".

"But perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" he tweeted.

While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War.

During an interview with radio station Europe 1 he said the trade bloc needed to be less reliant on the U.S., particularly following Trump's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

The issue of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been a constant source of frustration for Mr Trump, who presidency has been built on the foundation of "America First" policies.

For Sunday's anniversary, Trump was to join world leaders at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Trump to remain in the global climate change agreement or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from U.S. tariffs.

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Trump, however, since taking office almost two years ago, has repeatedly questioned the mutual defense pact and harshly criticized European countries for failing to meet pledges of contributions of 2 percent of their gross domestic product to the alliance. The European Commission says closer defence cooperation "is not about creating an EU army".

"The aim of the forum is to show that there are lots of forces in the global system - states, NGOs, Foundations, intellectuals, companies - who believe we need a world of rules, an open world and a multilateral world", he said.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Macron on Saturday.

"I've seen what they have planned, and I think it's going to be something very, very special".

The isolationist USA leader has, however, ducked out of a peace conference Sunday afternoon, which Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism.

The trip comes as the White House looks to grapple with a new political reality of Democrats taking the House in Tuesday's midterm elections and the fallout from the president's sudden firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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