November 14, 2018 / 6:49 PM / in a month

Asked about Trump's tweets, Macron says only U.S.-French army cooperation matters

French President Emmanuel Macron stands next to French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French army chief of staff General Francois Lecointre as he stands on the bridge of the upgraded aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", in Toulon, France, November 14, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday what mattered to him was the “excellent” cooperation between the U.S. and French armies, rather than tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump attacking him.

In five posts sent on Tuesday after his visit to France, Trump blasted the key U.S. ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron’s approval ratings.

Asked on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier by reporters about Trump attack, Macron replied: “What matters to me, very frankly, is what we do with the U.S. army.”

“We are going to carry out very concrete operations with the Americans, and when we carried out an unprecedented operation last April in Syria with Britain and America, we did it in perfect coordination and excellent execution,” he said.

“That’s what matters,” he added, according to the pool note.

Macron was speaking on the Charles de Gaulle carrier, Europe’s only nuclear-powered surface aircraft carrier and the pride of the French military.

The French leader will spend a night on the vessel - a key part of his efforts to modernize France’s military amid a worsening geopolitical landscape - as it ramps up its five-week pre-deployment training phase.

Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by John Irish

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