US President Donald Trump has been engaged in a fierce war of words with French President Emmanuel Macron over the course of the last week, and there looks to be no end in sight for the bickering.
The two made several appearances together in France last week, all of which seemed uncomfortable. Macron even went so far as to hurl verbal jabs at President Trump from merely a few feet away, decrying the Commander in Chief’s embracing of the oft-worrisome label of “nationalism”. Trump has attempted to explain that his nationalism is not a racist version of the ethos, but rather an intense love of country. Macron attempted to rewrite that definition.
In the shadow of a grand war memorial here, French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by delivering a forceful rebuke against rising nationalism, calling it a “betrayal of patriotism” and warning against “old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.”Advertisement - story continues below
His words during a solemn Armistice Day ceremony under overcast skies at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of the French capital were intended for a global audience. But they also represented a pointed rebuke to President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and others among the more than 60 world leaders in attendance.
Trump, back on US soil, isn’t taking the jabs lying down.
And he didn’t stop there:
And, of course…
With Germany’s Angela Merkel now joining Macron in believing that an army of the EU is a necessary protection against the US, there are sure to be more bitter barbs exchanged over the course of the coming weeks.