Trump continues offensive against France's Macron

Gladys Abbott
November 14, 2018

Discussing the dangers of cyberhacking, political meddling and the USA decision to withdraw from a missile treaty, Macron said Europe needed to protect itself against "China, Russia and even the United States".

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes US President Donald Trump for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018. Meanwhile, Macron's office has refused to comment on Trump's claims.

Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, said in an interview with Europe 1 that he is open to having a European army that can protect itself without relying on the United States. "[It] is a betrayal of patriotism", Macron said at an global ceremony honoring World War I service members. "When we say 'our interests come first, those of others don't matter, ' we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values". "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!"

He said Macron is suffering low approval ratings while France suffers from high unemployment, then added: "By the way, there is no country more Nationalist [sic] than France..."

Trump suggested Macron might have been trying to divert attention from his low popularity ratings and problems at home. The traditional cross-Atlantic alliance has also been tested by differences over the Iran nuke deal, the Paris climate agreement, and the status of Jerusalem, among others.

Gilbert Collard, a politician who supported Le Pen's party, said that although he felt Trump was "absolutely right" in all his attacks on Macron, he was "absolutely wrong on what he says about French wine".

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Trump appeared to be referring to Macron's comment Sunday during a speech for the World War I centennial in which he decried the rise of nationalism across Europe and elsewhere, calling it a "betrayal of patriotism".

'By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!' he said in a rage on Twitter.

While the president did not make it to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday, he did deliver remarks honoring America's World War I fallen the following day at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial. Other world leaders in Paris visited their national cemeteries the same day and Trump White House chief of staff John Kelly, accompanied by other USA officials, made it to the American graveyard to lay a wreath honoring the war dead.

"It's unfair to have the European security today being assured just by the United States, and we need a much better burden sharing", Macron said.

"Secret Service said NO, too far from airport and big Paris shutdown".

Merkel spoke out after French President Emmanuel Macron floated the same idea last week, and hours after Donald Trump lambasted him for it on Twitter.

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