The war of words between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron did not take a turn toward civility once the two were in the same room together.
In fact, when sharing the stage with US President Trump, Macron conjured up imagery of the great World Wars of years past in order to shame Trump for his use of the phrase “nationalism”.
As leaders of the nations that fought World War I united in Paris Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron denounced nationalism.Advertisement - story continues below
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason,” Macron said, according to Breitbart.
Nationalism is among the words adopted by President Donald Trump in defending his “America First” philosophy.
So, what irked Macron into making a comment on the phrase?
“I’m somebody who loves our country,” Trump said last month, according to The New York Times. “I am a nationalist. It’s a word that hasn’t been used too much. Some people use it, but I’m very proud. I think it should be brought back.”Advertisement - story continues below
Trump did not have a speaking role in Sunday’s main ceremony in Paris. In speaking at a cemetery where American casualties of World War I are buried, Trump spoke about the sacrifice of the men who fought and offered no reply to Macron, according to a White House media pool report.
Nationalism as an ethos has been decried for decades, ever since the fall of the Nazi party of Germany at the end of World War II. After all, the Nazis were just left-leaning national socialists, who decreed over the course of their rise to power that Germany was a far greater nation than all others, but based on occult tales and ancient mythology that eventually led these evildoers down a path of over bigotry and hate.