President Donald Trump seemingly tweeted in support of the riots in Paris Saturday morning.
The city is on lockdown as armed police battled to contain ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators with more than 500 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France.
After the US withdrew from the Paris climate change agreement last year, calling it an economic burden, the leader appeared to claim the protesters were calling for his leadership over France.
Trump, 72, then criticized the Europe in a second tweet saying that the United States spends money protecting the continent
‘The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris,’ he wrote. ‘Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.’
Trump, 72, then criticized Europe in a second tweet Saturday morning saying that the United States spends more money protecting the continent than some of the countries in it.
He continued about the financial strain: ‘The idea of a European Military didn’t work out too well in W.W. I or 2. But the U.S. was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO. Germany is paying 1% while the U.S. pays 4.3% of a much larger GDP – to protect Europe. Fairness!’
On Tuesday Trump began to spread a famous right-wing radio host’s unproven claim that rioters in Paris have been heard shouting that they want the president to replace their own.
He retweeted a message from Charlie Kirk, president of the conservative Turning Point USA youth organization, that ‘We want Trump’ is ‘being chanted through the streets of Paris.’