Trump has issued a series of tweets criticizing Emmanuel Macron just days after attending a celebration in France to mark the end of World War I.
Rabat – Trump appeared to be upset over President Macron’s sharp rebuke of rising nationalist sentiment, which Trump may have considered a personal attack on himself and his administration.
The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 13 novembre 2018
Macron gave a speech at a ceremony honoring the 100-year anniversary of the end of the first world war, saying, “Nationalism is a betrayal of Patriotism.”
The French president went on to state, “In saying, ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great, and that which is most important: Its moral values.”
President Trump was also angered by critical press coverage for his decision not to attend a ceremony honoring the military sacrifice made by all nations involved in the war.
Yesterday, Trump tweeted, “Macron suggests building his own army to protect Europe from the United States, China and Russia. But it was Germany in both World Wars – How did it go for France? They started learning German in Paris before the arrival of the United States. Pay for NATO or not!”
Macron had argued that Europe should strengthen its military because it can no longer depend on the US for defence.
Trump complains that the NATO countries, including France, are not paying their share of the defense alliance’s expenses.
On Saturday, Trump and Macron met at the Elysée Palace to discuss issues such as defense and trade.
Macron told Trump that France was not making a choice between a European defense strategy and multilateral organizations such as NATO.