French President Macron Fires Back At Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 12, 2018

Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and dozens of other leaders joined Macron to mark the moment the guns fell silent across Europe a century earlier.

France, the center of the first global conflict, hosted the worldwide commemoration to stress that the world must not fall into another world war, as happened with World War II.

Later on in Washington in the USA, the main Veterans Day memorial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

A member of the British Parliament and grandson of legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Nicholas Soames, was even more critical, calling Trump "pathetic" and "inadequate" on Twitter because he "couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen" who "died with their face to the foe".

"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.

The duo joined leaders from over 70 nations on Remembrance Day at the Arc de Triomphe at 11am to remember the millions of courageous soldiers who died while at battle during World War I.

The powerful remarks came as the world leaders gathered here have sought to mark the 100 years since the war by honouring those who served and died.

Trump, who is in Paris to attend ceremonies marking the centenary of the end of the war, also paid tribute to the French and other Allied troops killed in "one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history".

High-school students read letters from soldiers at the front in English, French, German and Chinese.

France and Germany fought three wars between 1870 and 1945.

"Each of these marble crosses and Stars of David marks the life of an American warrior - great, great warriors they are - who gave everything for family, country, God and freedom", Trump noted in his 10-minute speech.

Ms Merkel added: "We take peace for granted".

"But she's out", he said of Merkel, who announced she will step down in 2021.

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

With Mr. Trump and other leaders looking on, Macron warned against the dangers of nationalism and said the "ancient demons" that caused World War I and millions of deaths are growing stronger.

He suggested to Zakaria that the USA would eventually rejoin the Paris climate accord, which Trump pulled out of during his first six months of office.

"As I see it, several elements today have many parallels with both the start of the twentieth century and the 1930s, giving us grounds to fear that an unpredictable chain of events could ensue", Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, said.

In his talks with the U.S. leader Macron said he was merely arguing that Europe needed to take greater ownership of its own security, and Trump described the pair as "very good friends".

He wrote on Twitter: "President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation".

Without referring to Donald Trump by name, all three of them on Sunday railed against the United States president's world view and the dangers of disregarding global norms as they spoke at the start of the Paris Peace Forum in the French capital.

"We're giving all of our wealth, all of our money, to other countries and then they don't treat us properly", he said.

Sanders said, "They had very good and productive discussions during the two-hour lunch", which was held at the official residence of the French President.

Subjects discussed included the situation in the Middle East, notably Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.

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