The U.S. president waited for another hour to say that the French are making excellent wines, but the U.S. charges them with small tariffs when compared to U.S. wine imports to France. It's not fair, it must change, ' he noted.
In a series of morning tweets, Trump said it is "ridiculously unfair" for the United States to spend "massive amounts" of money on troops in Europe while experiencing "nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses" with the same counties that host the USA military.
"At every moment of our history, we were allies, so between allies, respect is due", Macron said, citing French support for America's war of independence and USA support during the two world wars. Trump said. "They were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along". "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not", he tweeted.
However his comments were met with derision by many in the wine trade, including prominent USA wine journalists, and bafflement by politicians in France that have been vocal supporters of Trump.
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During a pointed speech at the Elysée Palace in Paris, Benjamin Griveaux took issue with the timing of Trump's barbs on Tuesday, the same day the country marked the anniversary of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead.
Trump also defended his decision to cancel a trip Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood in northern France after rainy weather grounded his helicopter. Trump wrote referring to World War I and World War II.
Macron's office was quoted on the French network BFMTV as saying that the tweets were for the consumption of Trump's domestic audience, but officials offered no further comment.
Trump also appeared defensive about recent outrage after he proudly declared himself a "nationalist", which many believe is an attempt to throw support to white nationalists.
Social media critics of Trump in the USA have mocked him for skipping a Saturday visit to a US cemetery of World War I casualties because it was raining.
Trump had earlier criticized Macron's suggestion that a European army was needed, in part, to reduce reliance on the US military. France has also spearheaded the creation of a nine-country force created to be capable of rapidly mounting a joint military operation, an evacuation from a war zone or providing aid in a natural disaster.
'Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain!