President Donald Trump set his sights on France during his Tuesday morning Twitter rant, taking aim at French President Emmanuel Macron’s earlier call for Europe to develop its own military to fend off potential threats — which included the United States.
> In one tweet, the president appears to mock France for having been invaded by Nazi Germany some 80 years ago.
> “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia,” he wrote. “But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”
Trump also suggested France is the most nationalist country and offered up his well-known campaign slogan, but with a clever twist: “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”
The president’s tweets likely came as a response to Macron’s speech at the Armistice Day celebration both leaders attended on Sunday, during which the French president denounced nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism.”
> “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” he said, indirectly rebuking Trump’s recent embrace of the term. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying, ‘Our interest first, who cares about the others?'”
> Macron also warned of modern political trends that threaten the “legacy of peace” that followed World War II. “I know there are old demons coming back to the surface,” he said. “They are ready to wreak chaos and death.”