Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Friday to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I – and to hold bilateral talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who will be the only foreign leader POTUS will officially meet during his weekend visit.
But upon his landing in Paris, Donald Trump took to the virtual space, as is his wont, to express his indignation over Macron’s earlier comments on the need to build a “true European army” that would potentially protect the continent from Russia, China, and even the United States.
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 November 2018
And in the wake of recent remarks by both presidents, social media users suggested that the special bond between the two has been facing new challenges, and has even come to an end – no more brushing dandruff off, engaging in never-ending knuckle-whitening handshakes and cheek smooching:
But But… I thought they were BFF's? 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/YpV1AqQVdR— Rexe (@Rexe777) 9 November 2018
But I thought they were besties! 😱— Jennifer North (@MrsNorthToYou) 9 November 2018
Trump is fighting with Macron? The bromance didn't last at all— Kele (@SoleilLevantK) 10 November 2018
How sad that your bromance is over 😢. Pres. Macron was your last best chance for a positive relationship with any respected world leader. Put the prom dress away, you’re not being invited anywhere soon. pic.twitter.com/UyIzhrM9TR— Amanda LaRosa (@arlarosa) 10 November 2018
The developments came shortly after Macron’s interview with Europe 1 radio, in which he addressed Trump’s recent announcement that Washington would pull out from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty over Russia’s alleged violations of the accord.
“We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army,” Macron said, adding that the “main victim” of the US exit would be Europe and its security.