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Donald Trump tweets support for Paris riots and makes erroneous claim about protester chants



Trump blames the Paris riots on climate change accords the US pulled out of and slaps down the idea of a 'European Military' that 'didn't work out too well in WW1 or 2' as the French capital endures another weekend of unrest

  • President Donald Trump blamed the riots in Paris on the climate change agreement Saturday as he tweeted that he loves France
  • The city is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain demonstrators
  • Trump mocked Europe and suggested protesters called for him to lead France
  • On Tuesday Trump began to spread a famous right-wing radio host's claim of the chants. Even thought they were found to be from British people months ago
  • Trump, 72, also criticized Europe in a second tweet Saturday morning saying that the United States spends money protecting the continent
  • About 8,000 were deployed in Paris this weekend to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops 

By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com

Published: 08:02 EST, 8 December 2018 | Updated: 10:19 EST, 8 December 2018

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President Donald Trump has blamed the riots in Paris on the climate change agreements and falsely claimed that the protesters are chanting 'We Want Trump' in the streets.

The commander in chief also slapped down the idea of a 'European Military' because it 'didn't work out too well in WW1 or 2' in a flurry of tweets on Saturday morning,  

The French capital was a scene of chaos on Saturday and was placed on lockdown  as armed police arrested more than 700 people and battled to contain the 'yellow vest' demonstrators fighting against higher living costs and proposed tax rises in France.   

Trump suggested that the rioters wanted his leadership because they don't want to pay large sums of money to 'third world countries to maybe protect the environment'.

It comes after he withdrew from the Paris climate change agreement last year, calling it an economic burden.

He tweeted on Saturday morning: '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.' 

President Donald Trump blamed the riots in Paris on the climate change agreement Saturday and also slapped down the idea of a 'European military', because it didn't 'work out too well in WW1 or 2'
President Donald Trump blamed the riots in Paris on the climate change agreement Saturday and also slapped down the idea of a 'European military', because it didn't 'work out too well in WW1 or 2'

President Donald Trump blamed the riots in Paris on the climate change agreement Saturday and also slapped down the idea of a 'European military', because it didn't 'work out too well in WW1 or 2'

 Trump's (right) 'Love France' jab came after Emanuel Macron (left) mocked his 'nationalism'
 Trump's (right) 'Love France' jab came after Emanuel Macron (left) mocked his 'nationalism'

 Trump's (right) 'Love France' jab came after Emanuel Macron (left) mocked his 'nationalism'

Trump insinuated the protests were linked to climate change issues, after the US pulled out of the Pairs agreement last year
Trump insinuated the protests were linked to climate change issues, after the US pulled out of the Pairs agreement last year

Trump insinuated the protests were linked to climate change issues, after the US pulled out of the Pairs agreement last year

Trump, 72, then criticized the Europe in a second tweet saying that the United States spends money protecting the continent
Trump, 72, then criticized the Europe in a second tweet saying that the United States spends money protecting the continent

Trump, 72, then criticized the Europe in a second tweet saying that the United States spends money protecting the continent

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!' 

Trump's jab came after Emanuel Macron mocked his 'nationalism' during the World War I commemorations in November. 

'Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying, "Our interests first, who cares about the others? We erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace and what is essential – its moral values,' he said in Paris during a speech with Trump sitting in the front row.   

The city is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain demonstrators

Dozens of streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and world-famous museums such as the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre closed

About 8,000 were deployed in Paris this weekend to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops
About 8,000 were deployed in Paris this weekend to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops

About 8,000 were deployed in Paris this weekend to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops

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.'

Kirk appeared to take that claim from a broadcast Monday of Rush Limbaugh, who said French President Emanuel Macron has seen a proposed fuel tax increase – a measure intended to fight global warming – generate riots larger than any 'since the student protests of May 1968.'

'You know what’s been overheard in some of the cheering over there? I kid you not. I know friends who are there,' Limbaugh said. 'There are some people wearing the yellow vests chanting, "We want Trump" among the rioters in Paris! “We want Trump!”' 

No video surfaced showing Parisians yelling for Trump to be their president.  

American conservative youth activist Charlie Kirk tweeted a claim that originated on the Rush Limbaugh talk-radio program, that 'We want Trump' was 'being chanted through the streets of Paris'
American conservative youth activist Charlie Kirk tweeted a claim that originated on the Rush Limbaugh talk-radio program, that 'We want Trump' was 'being chanted through the streets of Paris'

American conservative youth activist Charlie Kirk tweeted a claim that originated on the Rush Limbaugh talk-radio program, that 'We want Trump' was 'being chanted through the streets of Paris'

The US president seems to have ignored the fact that the footage was found to feature British people who were shouting in English language, after videos posted in June and a few days ago reflected the same scenes.

'We want Trump' in French is 'Nous voulons Trump'. No such utterances could be heard in the videos featuring a man wearing a mask of the president's face while standing on top of a Megabus.

Megabus does not offer a Paris service. 

Around the chanters, an England flag bearing the Saint George's Cross can be seen as well as police officers in New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Service uniform.  

Dozens of streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and world-famous museums such as the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre were closed Saturday. 

Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as 'yellow vests' continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron's U-turn on the fuel tax.

Many shops were boarded up to avoid looting, and street furniture and construction site materials have been removed to prevent them from being used as projectiles. About 89,000 police were deployed across the country.

Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron.  

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