Also irked by Trump's comments Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took to Twitter with a wry, tongue-in-cheek rebuke of President Trump and his friend Jim, highlighting the absurdity of their concerns about the security situation in France by posing with Minnie and Mickey mouse at the Eiffel Tower.
Trump talked of a conversation with a friend, who apparently had said he hadn't been to Paris in a long time, because "Paris was no longer Paris". "They will always be welcome". I think that it is never good to show the smallest defiance toward an allied country.
Trump the implied that terrorist attacks have changed Europe and said: "Take a look at Nice and Paris".
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He said Jim used to visit Paris each summer. The president suggested that his friend had stopped his regular travel to Paris because it "is no longer Paris".
"And I don't want to make a comparison, but there are no weapons circulating here, there are no people who take weapons to shoot into the crowd", he said, in a reference to the tighter gun control measures in France than the US. "It was automatic. He wouldn't miss it for anything".
Trump was hammering home the point about immigration during his speech, saying "Foreign terrorists will not be able to strike America if they can not get into our country", and using France as one of his examples, although as one publication noted, he seemed blithely unaware that terrorism across Europe in recent years has come mostly from native-born extremists rather than immigrants. "And we have to be smart. We can't let it happen to us", Trump said at the conservative rally.