President Trump departs Friday morning for Paris for a series of events to mark the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice.
Macron has been an outspoken critic of Trump's "America First" policies and his decisions to pull out of worldwide agreements such as the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and most recently a nuclear arms treaty.
Trump arrived in Paris for World War 1 commemorations on Friday night blasting what he termed "very insulting" remarks from Macron who had mentioned the USA alongside China, Russia as national security threats earlier this week. Trump said that was "very insulting" to the USA and suggested that "Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the US subsidizes greatly!" Trump ordered the Pentagon to come up with plans for his own version, but they were eventually scrapped over concerns about costs and the damage tanks weighing many tons would do to the streets in Washington. That now seems more likely for later this month, when they attend the Group of 20 summit of global leaders in Argentina.
The two men may meet at a lunch for world leaders on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if a more formal discussion will ultimately materialise. "I want to build a real security dialogue with Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, a European country - but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States", Macron said.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President is scheduled to participate in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum slated for November 11 to 13.
Macron told Europe 1 radio that the "main victim" of the US withdrawal from the INF accord was Europe and its security. "Great world leaders", he said, are "driven by national interests".
Trump and Macron's early relationship was marked by kisses, frequent meetings and marathon power handshakes. The Macrons had previously hosted the Trumps for a visit during Bastille Day. But the relationship-building failed to persuade Trump to remain in the global climate change agreement or Iran deals and did nothing to protect France from US tariffs.
An official in Macron's office said Saturday that Macron didn't say that.
But upon leaving Washington, the president seemed eager to renew focus on the controversies ignited over the past week, lashing out at reporters as they pressed him on stories like his firing of Sessions, the suspension of a CNN correspondent's press pass, and the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races now both likely heading to recounts.