French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that Europe cannot continue to trust the U.S. to look out for its security,
“Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security,” he said during a major Monday speech to relaunch his diplomatic agenda, Agence France Presse reported. “It is up to us to guarantee European security.”
Speaking to about 250 lawmakers, diplomats and international relations experts, the French leader explained that he wants to “launch an exhaustive review” of security with “all Europe’s partners, which includes Russia.”
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the annual ambassadors’ conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on August 27 REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
Macron’s comments came after President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed critical views toward traditional European allies and the NATO alliance. In mid-July, Trump called the European Union a “foe” to the U.S. The president has also complained that NATO costs the U.S. too much, and threatened withdrawal if European partners didn’t pay more toward the military alliance.
Pointing to Trump’s isolationist trade policies and oppositional stance toward traditional allies, Macron also said: “Multilateralism is going through a major crisis, which collides with all our diplomatic activity,” The Telegraph reported.
“The partner [the U.S.] with whom Europe built the new post-World War order appears to be turning its back on this shared history,” he added
Macron and his government have consistently taken a strong public stance against Trump when he has moved to confront NATO and Europe. Ahead of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in June, Macron criticized Trump’s newly announced tariffs that targeted Europe and other U.S. allies.
“The six countries of the G-7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market,” he said. “Maybe the American president doesn’t care about being isolated today, but we don’t mind being six, if needs be.”
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on June 8. Macron has hit out at Trump’s foreign policies. LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images
Germany has also signaled that Europe should not trust the U.S. as it once did. Heiko Maas, the country’s foreign minister, said in July that Europe can “no longer rely on the White House.”
European leaders are at odds with the White House over several major issues in addition to NATO and trade. These include Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal.
In June 2017, Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris agreement. As of November, every nation in the world had signed the agreement, isolating the U.S. entirely. In May, the Trump administration stepped away from the Iran nuclear agreement, re-imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic earlier this month. European leaders have scrambled to salvage the agreement, offering $20 million in aid to Tehran just last week.
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