They greeted each other with tight smiles at the Élysée Palace after Mr. Trump ruffling feathers upon arrival Friday in France by tweeting that it was very insulting that Mr. Macron said Europe needed stronger military defense against "China, Russia and even the United States".
With a firmly established reputation as a thin-skinned and truculent leader, US President Donald Trump began a Paris visit on Saturday with another scrap with French President Emmanuel Macron before the two made nice and agreed that a strong European defence is important for both sides whichever way it was achieved.
The messages were "the word of a travelling salesman who in many ways wants to promote sales of American arms while we want to ensure that Europe... is able to defend itself and produce its own weapons to defend itself", Ferrand told Europe 1 radio.
Trump is now in France alongside a number of world leaders including Theresa May for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a trip started off by calling French president's discussions of a European army "insulting".
On Sunday, they will gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly a century after the armistice that ended hostilities.
However, Trump canceled his visit because of bad weather and immediately came in for criticism.
Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of Saturday.
The French president, who tried but failed earlier this year to talk Trump out of withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has also voiced worries about the impact of sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran.
"That's why I do believe my proposals for European defense are totally consistent with that", Macron said in English.
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President Donald Trump could not attend a commemoration in France for US soldiers and marines killed during World War One on Saturday because rain made it impossible to arrange transport, the White House said.
In a tweet, Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, called Trump "pathetic" for not traveling in the rain to pay respects.
The US president tweeted after arriving in Paris ahead of an global commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.
A scheduled visit for Trump and first lady Melania to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where US soldiers are buried some 50 miles outside of Paris, was canceled because of the rain.
But the call was taken as an "insult" by the USA leader who urged European Union member states to focus on their financial contribution - or lack of - to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Macron defended the idea, saying "It's unfair to have European security today being assured by the U.S".
When Macron went to Washington in April, Trump was unusually affectionate, brushing flecks off the French leader's shoulder that he called dandruff and calling Macron "perfect".
Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron met Saturday after a public spat over the French leader's suggestion that Europe should rely less on the United States.
The president is expected to visit a different cemetery for fallen USA soldiers on Sunday.
Macron's office said Trump had misunderstood the French president's comments.