But the relationship took a turn for the worse over the European defence calls by Macron, who cited the United States along with Russian Federation and China as threats to European security.
In fact, Macron had said Europe needs to protect itself against cyberthreats from China, Russia and the U.S. The French leader's office said Trump had lumped together Macron's remarks on protecting against cyberthreats with a later statement on military defense.
"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia", Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Trump ridiculed that suggestion by pointing a finger at Germany and its past adversarial role against France during World War I and World War II.
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. "I like the idea of President Trump pushing NATO to pay more, getting out of the intermediate ballistic missile treaty with Russian Federation - made sense to me because Russia's cheating and the treaty doesn't cover China and North Korea..."
Trump has repeatedly called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to pay more for their defense, worrying some allies about his commitment to the Western alliance.
Social media users chided Trump for bowing out of the scheduled event, which was attended by other world leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron, sharing photographs of "real presidents" who had previously honored veterans while standing in the rain.
Asked to comment, the office of the French president said it had nothing to say about the tweets, but added that Macron had made his points about a European army and European defence very clear to Trump during talks they held on Saturday in Paris.
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Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate". "It was an erroneous press report", Araud tweeted. Later, he complained about wine tariffs between the two countries.
This week, that divide stretched further when Macron appeared to call for the creation of a European army in an interview on French radio, saying that the continent could no longer rely on the support of the United States in defence matters. Trump's standing with the French is lower than Macron's.
Trump then took issue with intercontinental trade and said in another tweet that France charges "big Tariffs" on wine imports, but the United States makes it "easy" for French wines and "charges very small tariffs". "Not fair, must change!" he wrote, following up with a jibe at Mr Macron's domestic popularity and the adapted refrain: "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!"
Trump made a dig at Macron's low public approval rating.
Almost all U.S. wine exports to major markets - including the European Union, which includes France - face tariffs, according to the Wine Institute, which represents California winemakers on matters of tax and trade.
Trump, a former businessman, opened a winery in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2011.
"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russian Federation", tweeted the American president, just back from Paris where world leaders had convened to commemorate the end of the the First World War.
"He was just trying to get onto another subject", continued Trump - an expert there too.
Over the weekend, Macron delivered a speech at the Armistice Day anniversary (a ceremony recognizing the soldiers of World War I) in which he denounced the concept of nationalism.
"The relationship between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump is not always easy, but it is continuous", a source from the Elysee was quoted as saying by BFMTV news channel.