Leaders mark end of World War

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2018

President Donald Trump has called French President Emmanuel Macron's idea for a European army, which could be needed to protect against the U.S., "very insulting".

In an interview prior to the ceremony, Macron said that "we have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America". Upon President Donald Trump's election, however, the USA has come to view traditional European partners with skepticism and has called on countries like France and Germany to contribute more to the NATO Western military alliance, which the us largely funds.

When asked by Zakaria if Trump's tweet was a mistake, Macron said: 'I don't know, I'm not the one to command his tweets'.

Speaking in French, Macron emphasised that a global order based on liberal values is worth defending against those who have sought to disrupt that system. Trump has proudly claimed his pride in being a "nationalist" versus being a "globalist", which charitably suggests that Trump's understanding of the term is not in line with the rest of the world's.

In a speech at the Arc de Triomphe, French President Emmanuel Macron took aim at the style of nationalism that has been embraced by President Trump, warning a crowd of dignitaries and heads of state about how the splintering of multilateral institutions led to the first World War, and now threaten to divide the world once again. He appeared to be conflating, however, Macron's desire to strengthen Europe's military forces - an ambition Trump himself has demanded as he seeks to reduce United States contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - and comments made by the French president in a radio interview about the threat of cyber hacking from other countries including the US.

Macron said that the meeting of 84 world leaders at a ceremony in Paris to commemorate the armistice is a historic moment.

"I only hope the soldiers who died for this cause are looking down upon the world today", American soldier Capt. Charles S. Normington wrote on November 11, 1918, in one of the letters.

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"I'm not a nationalist, which for me is very different from being a patriot".

His job approval rating in France plummeting, Mr. Macron has sharpened his attacks on Mr. Trump, which could provide a lifeline to the country's liberal elite.

"President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people".

Elsewhere during the Armistice Day event on Sunday, Macron rebuked nationalism in what could be read as a direct attack on Trump's "America First" agenda.

While praising France for "a wonderful two days", Trump described his rainy stop at the American cemetery at Suresnes as "the highlight of the trip".

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met for the first time since the Helsinki summit in July.

"If we speak too much about a phrase like, for instance strategic autonomy... it sounds like you're going to do these big strategic things alone and I don't think that's wise".

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