Macron Delivers Rebuke to Nationalism as Trump Looks On

Trump walks alone as Macron rips into nationalism

"We honor the American and French service members who shed their blood together in a terrible, disgusting war, but a war known as the Great War", Mr. Trump said in a speech at Suresnes American Cemetery, where more than 1,500 fallen American service members from World War I are buried.

The French leader also convened a "Paris Peace Forum" as part of the weekend's ceremonies, drawing worldwide organizations and nonprofits to discuss how to strengthen global governance. It started with an angry tweet about Macron Friday, but the two leaders patched things up Saturday morning. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. The Marine One helicopters could take the presidential delegation 50 miles to the site, and White House officials decided that driving would have been too disruptive.

When journalists asked Putin whether he managed to speak to Trump, he said "yes", Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Despite these measures, a protester from the radical feminist group Femen managed to jump over a barricade and got within metres of Trump's motorcade as he made his way up the Champs-Elysees. In the current condition of relations between Russia and the United States, meetings between the leaders of the two nuclear superpowers first of all should not bring the Russian-American relations to an even greater deterioration, as it happened after the meetings in Hamburg in July 2017 and in Helsinki in July 2018.

Amongst those in attendance were USA president Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. US officials said beforehand that they did not expect more than a greeting between the Russian and American presidents.

Trump has also repeatedly branded himself a "nationalist", despite criticism from some that the term has negative connotations. And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word.

"It doesn't mean to be opponents - but I think for the stability of the global order, you'll need a strong currency like [the] dollar, but you need some alternatives. We have a lot of problems".

Trump returned to Washington late Sunday night.

"We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the courageous Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle", Trump said at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the suburbs of Paris, where more than 1,500 Americans who died in the war are buried.

He also paid his respects to the thousands of American soldiers who died in WWI: "It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended and secure the peace they so nobly gave their lives for one century ago".

Sanders also defended Trump's decision to cancel his scheduled visit to a USA cemetery in France due to rain.

As a result, the emerging geopolitical reality has already led to the fact that, according to Politico, "President Donald Trump looked very much alone in Paris this weekend, isolated from European leaders and longtime US allies as he continued to pursue his "America First" agenda".

President Trump didn't make a lot of friends in France - and he was there less than 48 hours.

In the preceding days, Macron had toured former battlefields along France's western front, where he warned that nationalism threatened to undo the European unity so carefully rebuilt since World War Two - a theme he returned to on Sunday.

Even though Germany was at the heart of provoking two world wars over the past century, the nation has become a beacon of European and global cooperation since.

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