Donald Trump: Without the US, the French would be speaking German

first_imgTrump’s tweet is his second over the past five days that accuses Macron of suggesting European nations need more robust militaries to protect themselves from the U.S., a mischaracterization of what the French president actually said. Macron, in an interview with Europe 1, suggested that Europe needs to better position itself militarily against an increasingly aggressive Russia.Macron also lamented a U.S. decision to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that prohibited the manufacture of intermediate range nuclear missiles. The “main victim” of that move, Macron said, is “Europe and its security.”“I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won’t protect Europe if we don’t decide to have a true European army,” he said. “We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone — and without only relying on the United States — in a more sovereign manner.”“We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” the French president also said, alluding to the decision to pull out of the missile treaty with Russia.Trump has repeatedly called for NATO allies to rely less on the U.S. for their defense and has railed against nations that he says do not put enough of their gross domestic product toward defense spending. Trump has regularly demanded that NATO countries increase their defense spending to a higher percentage of their GDP, forcing the issue at last summer’s NATO summit by seeming to threaten to pull the U.S. out of the pact if spending targets were not met.Macron, in his interview, agreed that Europe should become less dependent on the U.S. for its military. PARIS — U.S. President Donald Trump took several potshots at Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, saying that in France “they were starting to learn German before the U.S. came along” during both World Wars.In response to Macron’s call for a “true European army,” Trump wrote on Twitter: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two — How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”The tweet, and others that followed, was “made for Americans,” according to the office of the French presidency. “Never easy bringing up the fact that the U.S. must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade,” Trump tweeted after he returned to the U.S.The pair held a meeting on Saturday morning to smooth over their differences but Macron also went on CNN — the U.S. cable network that Trump loathes — and gave an interview in which he said that while Europe should spend more on defense, he did not want the money going to purchases of American weapons and other hardware.Macron also gave a speech Sunday, saying “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism,” which could have been taken as a rebuke of Trump declaring himself to be a “nationalist” in the run-up to the recent U.S. midterm elections.Red, red whineA short while later, Trump was back on Twitter — this time taking aim at French wine. The U.S. president — who owns vineyards but is a non-drinker — tweeted: “France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!”The EU — and not France — decides common external tariffs for products such as wine for every country in the bloc. Still, the president’s statement echoes longstanding frustration from the U.S. wine industry regarding market access in the European Union. The office of the French presidency said Trump’s tweets were “made for Americans.” Speaking to BFMTV, a spokesperson for the French presidency declined to comment on the series of tweets but added: “There is a link between the president of the Republic and Donald Trump.“Beyond tweets, what matters to us is that they speak several times per week about the problems in the world,” the spokesperson was cited as saying.The French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, said that Trump had mischaracterized Macron’s comments about a “real European army,” the remark that sparked Trump’s ire. “For the sake of truth, Pres. @EmmanuelMacron didn’t say that EU needed an army ‘against the US.’ It was an erroneous press report.”French people on Twitter pointed out that Trump was criticizing Macron on the third anniversary of the Bataclan terror attacks in Paris.The Trump-Macron relationship, which began with warm words and long handshakes, has gone sour.Just after landing in Paris on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to call Macron’s comments “very insulting,” adding a new layer of tension to the weekend’s ceremonies, although the two leaders discussed the issue during Trump’s visit. Trump added: “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!”He followed this with “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”Trump wasn’t finished with his Twitter rant and addressed criticism that he missed events over the weekend because it was raining. “By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!” Also On POLITICO Merkel joins Macron in calling for EU army to complement NATO By Maïa de La Baume and David M. Herszenhorn Macron’s ‘arms control’ deal for cyber warfare By Laurens Cerulus and Mark Scottlast_img read more

Felt Bicycles Puts Bikes Under Olympic Hopefuls at UCI World Cycling Center

first_imgPRESS RELEASE: Felt Bicycles has partnered with the International Cycling Union (UCI), the world governing body of cycling, to supply a full stable of road, time trial, track, mountain and BMX frames to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. The architecturally renowned World Cycling Centre opened in 2002 and houses the offices of the UCI staff as well as elite training facilities for Olympic cycling hopefuls from around the world. The WCC also functions as a training center for national-level cycling coaches, team directors and other management roles within the sport.“We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this incredible facility and the athletes who train there,” said Felt President Bill Duehring. “We’re especially proud to support those athletes from developing nations that might not have the resources or elite level of support to help them chase their Olympic dreams.”Located in the Swiss Alps and surrounded by roads and trails that are ideal for road and mountain bike training, the World Cycling Centre was created to help develop the sport globally. To that end, WCC coaches identify riders from countries that lack fully funded national teams and invite them to live in Aigle to train at the WCC. In 2009, more than 83 riders from 38 different countries benefited from the WCC facilities. Since opening, the WCC has hosted 717 athletes from 113 countries.UCI President Pat McQuaid expressed appreciation for the sponsorship. “The World Cycling Centre is delighted with this new partnership, which will benefit promising young riders in all the disciplines promoted at the WCC,” he said. “The UCI’s training and coaching center would simply not be able to fulfill its missions without the support of all its partners, and one of the most important of these is Felt.”Athletes who have trained at the WCC range from Olympic champions to unknown riders with untapped potential. American Sarah Hammer, a two-time world champion who is sponsored by Felt, currently lives in Aigle and trains at the WCC.The WCC facilities include an indoor 200-meter velodrome, an Olympic-style BMX course and a fully equipped gymnasium. In addition to training athletes, there are coaching programs as well. In some cases, a coach is invited along with an athlete so that, together, they can take what they learn back to their home country. Beyond that, the WCC also recently introduced programs aimed at training team directors. It’s all part of the mission to improve cycling opportunities all around the world.Felt’s sponsorship of the WCC began January 1, 2010 and continues through December 31, 2012last_img read more

High school volleyball: Benton, Airline open season with district victories

first_img“Obviously we haven’t had the same amount of time to prepare at this point in the season,” Digilormo said. “There are kinks to work out from that but it’s always nice to get a W. It’s always great to be able to play your entire team and get everybody in the game and off the bench.  Allison Watson had four kills, two blocks and two digs. Faith Berger had seven digs, four aces and two kills. While fans are expected to eventually be allowed when schools have time to meet all state and LHSAA protocols, there were none at either gym Tuesday. Taylor Walker had one kill and two digs. Macie Nance had two kills. The setup at both the Benton and Airline gyms had a different look because of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines mandated by the state and LHSAA. The Lady Vikings visit Caddo Magnet on Thursday at 5. Airline served well with few faults. The service placements also contributed to some quick points. The Lady Vikings got contributions from throughout their lineup. Elizabeth Gatti also had a good all-around match with eight assists, one ace, three kills, one block and two digs. But despite all that, there was plenty of enthusiasm shown by players on all four teams. Teams also did not switch bench areas in between sets as is usually the case. At Benton, it looked like Parkway might push the match into a fourth set after the Lady Tigers won the first two. The third set was tight until Benton pulled away at the end. Gracyn Badiali and Erin Martin had six aces each. Badiali also had three kills and two blocks. Martin had one kill, one block and one dig. Daly Nagot led Benton in kills with six. She also had one block and two digs. Face masks were mandatory for all but the players on the court. The usual prematch and postmatch sportsmanship tradition of the players going through a line of high-fives at the net was replaced by waving from a distance. The Lady Tigers and Lady Panthers both return to action Thursday. Benton visits Loyola College Prep at 6:30, and Parkway hosts Captain Shreve at 6. The matches marked the first high school sports events in Bossier Parish since schools were closed and spring sports canceled in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Haughton visits Ruston on Thursday at 5. At Airline, the Lady Vikings dominated their match, opening big early leads in all three sets. Benton defeated parish rival Parkway 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 at Benton. Airline downed Alexandria Senior High 25-4, 25-15, 25-15 at Airline. The Lady Tigers got some outstanding play from their outside hitters who ended many points quickly.  Ariana Wilkinson led Airline in aces with seven. She also had two kills, one block, six assists and four digs. Only 25 students and 10 “essential” adults (coaches, officials, administrators, stat persons, etc.) were allowed in the gyms. Alexandria put a little pressure on in the third set, cutting an 8-2 deficit to 10-8. But the Lady Vikings rolled from there. The third set produced some of the best rallies of the match. Haughton opened its season Wednesday with a best-of-3 sets match at Byrd. The Lady Bucs won the first set 27-25 but dropped the next two 25-20 and 25-13. “It was a really great opportunity there. Yes, we have some kinks to work out but it was a really good opportunity to develop as a team. I saw a lot of great heart there and some excellent moments.” The Benton Lady Tigers and Airline Lady Vikings won District 1, Division I matches as the volleyball season opened Tuesday evening. “I’m excited we’re playing and we keep pushing forward is my big thing,” Airline head coach Regina Digilormo said. “We’re excited to play. I think we’re excited to kick things off for sports in the parish. Hopefully it will trend in the right direction for everybody.” “The outside hitters did a fabulous job,” Benton head coach Tracey Rambin said. “I was very impressed with our passing. The passes were very good which allowed our setters to set and to run plays. We were very impressed with that. The serves were there. We played well as a team. Just very impressed with them and excited for the rest of the season.” Andie Taylor had five kills and one dig. NOTE: Individual match statistics provided by coaches. — Featured photo by Jeff ThomasPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoHealthyFoodNetwork21 Celebs Who Are Gay – No.13 Will Shock Men  HealthyFoodNetwork|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Podcast: The Birth Pangs of Humanity

first_imgBOSTON—Evolution works with what it’s handed. Take the human back, for example. It went from a horizontal connection between front and hind limbs to a vertical support for the upper half of the body. The resultant balancing act has led to chronic back pain for a huge percentage of the population. Science’s Ann Gibbons spoke with Bruce Latimer and Jeremy DeSilva at the AAAS (publisher of ScienceNOW) meeting here about the tradeoffs we’ve made and the scars of human evolution.last_img read more