Macron Delivers Rebuke to Nationalism as Trump Looks On

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron during the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron during the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day

That is a risk for a leader who may need their cooperation as he confronts China in a trade war and Iran over its foreign and nuclear policies.

Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin meeting as tensions pile up over the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and U.S. sanctions against Moscow.

Macron's apparently soporific speech was seen by many as a direct, verbal swipe at his USA counterpart as he used the monologue to decry nationalism.

In July, world leaders had been lashed out by Mr Trump for not meeting the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending target, amounting to 2 percent of each country's GDP, and leaving to the United States the burden to support much of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expenses.

But they also represented a pointed rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and others among the more than 60 world leaders in attendance.

During talks with President Trump Saturday President Macron said his remarks had been misinterpreted and that he was merely saying Europe needed to take greater ownership of its own security. "We must reaffirm before our peoples our true and huge responsibility".

The two leaders appeared to make up as the weekend got under way. At the war's end, the US had 2 million troops in Europe and another 2 million ready to cross the Atlantic if needed, a force that turned the United States into a major military power whose soldiers then fought and died again for Europe in World War II.

"We had a very good discussion this morning and he confirmed in front of the press that he was OK", Macron said, adding that he preferred not to conduct diplomacy through social media.

President Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which President Macron talked about the need for a European army and cited the U.S., along with Russian Federation and China, as potential security risks. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism", he said.

The French leader focused on how countries should be trying to achieve global goals and work together rather than focusing on their own goals.

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Defence minister Tobias Ellwood tweeted: 'As a duel [sic] national I'm sorry to read this. "How can it be the right solution today?"

Numerous leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, met at the Élysée Palace before travelling to the Arc de Triomphe together in motor coaches.

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

Trump had been scheduled to visit a different American cemetery outside Paris on Saturday, but rain grounded the helicopter Trump had planned to take so he cancelled the trip. The move drew swift condemnation at home, as Republicans and Democrats alike cautioned Trump over the connotations of openly "nationalist" rhetoric.

"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", Winston Churchill's grandson, the Conservative British MP Nicholas Soames, wrote on Twitter. A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place.

In the afternoon, Trump travelled to the Suresnes American Cemetery just west of Paris to speak to veterans.

"The American and French patriots of World War I embody the timeless virtues of our two republics: honor and courage, strength and valor, love and loyalty, grace and glory", President Trump said. After the ceremony, leaders returned to the Elysee Palace for a lunch to be hosted by Macron and his wife Brigitte.

They are likely to meet at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires later in the month.

Putin also praised the idea of a European army because he said it could "strengthen the multipolar nature of the world". A stronger European military would take a step towards building the multi-polar order for which Russian Federation has long argued, Mr Putin said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. local time at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which will then be followed by an observance program in the cemetery's amphitheater.

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