Hollande SLAMS Trump after President claims terror attacks stopped friend visiting Paris

Speaking to journalists at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris, Mr Hollande said Mr Trump had told him in a recent phone call about "all the love he held for Paris and France, that he loved France and that there was no more handsome country than France".

"I wouldn't do it with the United States and I'm urging the USA president not to do it with France".

President Trump and his friend "Jim" may have a little explaining to do. Take a look at what's happened in France.

"No one points out that a lot of crime in big United States cities linked to the open sale of guns is a plague that takes many lives". I don't go there anymore.

Singling out the French capital, which has been the target of terror attacks by Islamic militants in recent years, he quoted a friend "Jim", who he claimed refuses to visit the city, saying "Paris is no longer Paris".

Trump said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Friday that his friend "Jim" no longer goes to Paris despite being a regular visitor in the past. "And we have to be smart".

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Criticising Europe's handling of terrorism, he said that Americans could not let similar attacks happen in the US.

It wasn't long before his remarks prompted a response from Paris's Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Hidalgo tweeted a photo of herself alongside Mickey Mouse and Minnie and said: "To Donald and his friend Jim, from the Eiffel Tower, we're celebrating the attractiveness of Paris with Mickey and Minnie".

It isn't the first time - even this week - that Trump has gotten into a row with a European country over his denunciations of terrorism in their countries. He incorrectly suggested that there was a terror attack in Sweden last Friday, puzzling the Nordic country's leadership.

And former Swedish officials also sought to defend their country from Trump's undue criticism. "One of the most prosperous, richest, safest places on earth", Alexander Stubb, a former prime minister of Finland, wrote on Twitter. It turned out that he had merely been watching a segment on the subject on Fox News that night. "And then a day later, I said has anybody reported what's going on?"

"I won't make comparisons, but here, people don't have access to guns", he added. "But they understand. The people over there understand I'm right", Trump continued.

  • Sonia Alvarado