Trump will see Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since their summit earlier this year in Helsinki, though White House officials downplayed the encounter, saying Trump doesn't plan extensive talks with Putin over a weekend that mostly will be devoted to ceremonies. "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country".
The Paris Peace Forum is part of the drive by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism and collective action in responding to current global challenges.
"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", Trump tweeted Friday.
"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" tweeted Trump, who is scheduled to meet Macron for bilateral talks on Saturday.
Many news organisations, including AFP, quoted from the following remarks from Macron during his interview with Europe 1 radio on Tuesday.
Macron has fashioned himself something of a "Trump whisperer" in Europe and has forged a close relationship with the president.
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Donald Trump is expected to visit two American cemeteries over the weekend, ahead of a sombre commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to France's fallen under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
President Macron has previously warned that Europeans can no longer rely on the United States to defend them, and returned to the theme on Tuesday during a visit to the former Western Front in Verdun.
"It should be a very attractive 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".
The dividends of Macron's cultivation of Trump are "modest at best", said Stewart M. Patrick, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The two men are meeting in Paris on Saturday, and Macron's office says this issue will be on the table.
Before Sunday's festivities get under way, Trump will meet Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron. While Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate, they lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Democrats who may use their newfound power to launch investigations into Trump and stymie his agenda.