Macron, Merkel, UN chief target Trump’s world view

Lester Mason
November 12, 2018

More than 116,000 Americans lost their lives and more than 1 million were wounded in World War I. Trump described the final battle of the war as the single deadliest in US history. "We're not the ones exiting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty".

Macron's apparently soporific speech was seen by many as a direct, verbal swipe at his United States counterpart as he used the monologue to decry nationalism. In Paris, Putin gave Trump a thumbs-up sign and patted his arm when he arrived.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Macron, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke.

Mr Peters said it was a "good speech" but he said it was very political. "We must reaffirm before our peoples our true and huge responsibility".

Mr Trump fired back on Twitter, moments after landing in Paris, describing the comment as "insulting".

The two leaders appeared to make up as the weekend got under way. Its role as host of the main worldwide commemoration aimed to highlight the message that the world must not stumble into war again, as it did so quickly and catastrophically with the second world war.

Mr Peters said Mr Macron's speech was heavily directed towards US President Donald Trump.

With Trump and other leaders looking on, Macron said nationalism is unsafe and the "ancient demons" responsible for World War I and millions of deaths are growing stronger.

He also delivered a stinging indictment of nationalism, calling it "the exact opposite" of the patriotism shown by soldiers.


The French leader also convened a Paris Peace Forum as part of the weekend's ceremonies, drawing together worldwide organisations and non-profits to discuss how to strengthen global governance.

Dr Merkel, a fellow champion of liberal internationalist ideas, addressed the forum on Sunday, taking up some of the same themes. I love our country", he said, adding: "You have nationalists. "How can it be the right solution today?"

Trump has stirred several controversies since he arrived Friday in Paris for the event, and has taken great pains to separate himself from the other world leaders.

President Paul Kagame is in Paris, France where he is attending the inaugural Peace Forum.

He and first lady Melania Trump had planned to visit the memorial for American marines near the Belleau Wood battlefield on Saturday afternoon, however their program was nixed at the last minute due to a storm that would have prevented them from helicoptering to the site that's more than an hour's drive from Paris.

"They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen", Nicholas Soames, a British Conservative member of parliament and grandson of Winston Churchill tweeted.

Among those in attendance were both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, World War II veterans, military leaders and congressmen, The Hill reported.

Trump introduced six American veterans of the Second World War and an US eighth-grader who saved money for two years so he could attend the ceremony to honor the heroes of WWI. "It will seem like heaven to me to be once more where there is peace and only peace". The two could wind up chatting at a lunch Macron was hosting for world leaders following Sunday's ceremony.

Mr Peters said it was a humbling experience to be there. The Elysee denied any switch in seating arrangements.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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