Published: Tue, November 13, 2018

Trump largely alone as leaders take aim at nationalism

Trump largely alone as leaders take aim at nationalism

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Saturday poignantly visited the forest clearing in northeastern France where the Armistice was signed, had signaled beforehand that they meant to use the Paris ceremony to warn about the modern-day danger of nationalism.

Trump's tirade came just one day after French President Emmanuel Macron - once regarded as a close confidant of the U.S. president - rebuked Trump's "America First" brand of nationalism, comparing it to the forces that plunged Europe into conflict in the early 20th Century.

A GOP senator is responding to French President Emmanuel Macron's alleged criticism of President Trump. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.

Opening the event, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "The concern I have is that blinkered nationalist views may gain ground once again".

Prior to the Forum, President Kagame joined world leader at Palais de l'Élysée for a luncheon hosted by President Macron for the 100th Anniversary of l'Armistice. By saying "our interests first" ... we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace, and what is essential: "its moral values", he said.

Trump returned to Washington from a weekend in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One where strained relations between the American President and European allies was on full display. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin each arrived to the commemoration separately, citing security reasons.

Trump and Macron, initially engaged in what the media widely labeled a "bromance", have sharply descended into open confrontation and hostility in the past weeks. That includes French President Emmanuel Macron, who on Sunday warned that the "ancient demons" that caused World War I and millions of deaths were once again making headway.

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".

A person in the crowd explained that the woman would be turning 101 the day after Armistice Day as the elderly woman turned to Merkel, saying, "You are Madame Macron".

"Two World Wars and a Cold War taught us the importance of doing things together", he said.

Plus, it was with French help that the United States defeated the British during the American Revolutionary War.

A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place, while Trump remained behind at the ambassador's residence with no alternate schedule for hours.

Instead, he said history would remember the image of multiple world leaders whose countries were once at war gathered in peace under the Arc.

The president was widely criticized for not visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery on Saturday, where 1,800 American soldiers were killed during World War I.

On Sunday, Merkel met with the head of the United Nations, an organization born from the ashes of World War II, and the president of Serbia.

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