REPORT: France’s Macron startles allies and angers US officials with defense proposals

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MUNICH — French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to increase European military independence from the United States while reaching out to Russia is irritating President Trump’s administration and stoking alarm in former Soviet nations.

“When you read what some French leaders say, they try to present the situation: We are European, [with] equal distance, political distance, to U.S. and to Russia,” Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview. “I observe also a tendency to portray U.S. as a problem.”

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Skepticism and even fear about Macron’s bid for European leadership coursed around the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, overshadowed by the China-related disputes between Washington and Europe that took center stage. After years of unease about Trump’s commitment to NATO’s Article 5 obligations being in vogue, Macron’s call for Europe to bolster defense plans with the goal of being able to break with the U.S. in major foreign policy disputes left U.S. officials fuming.

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