No, "Millions for offense but not one cent for tribute!"
Give us money if you want us to stop attacking your ships
President John Adams Response
It's been awhile, and we have now captured 80 of your ships in return. Let's stop this madness and move on
America decided to stay neutral during the French war against the British. France got upset because America signed a treaty with the British and claimed it violated the French - America treaty, so they attacked American trade ships out of anger
President John Adams was upset about this (for good reason) so he sent 3 ambassadors to talk to the French, but The French Ambassador refuses to speak to them, so he sends three unnamed spies to do his bidding and ask for money, shocked, the Ambassadors refused.
Adams had requested congress to vote to recruit an army to build ships for a Navy so they could launch a "half-war" on the French. They capture about 80 French ships before President Adams declares that this is enough fighting and bring peace to the seas again.