French President Emanuel Macron apparently took a few shots at President Donald Trump during his Armistice Day address in Paris over Veterans Day weekend, blasting “nationalism” after the U.S. president proclaimed to be one.
"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism," Macron said. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”
He added, "I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death. History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.”
The media played up the comments to be stinging rebuke of Trump.
The president came out swinging on Tuesday morning, calling out Macron for what he sees as hypocrisy.
“Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted. “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 hit France on trade.
“On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs,” he added. “Not fair, must change!”
Then he hit him where it hurts: France’s economy.
“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%,” Trump tweeted. “He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!”
For good measure, Trump offered Macron a new slogan for his country: “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”
If you mess with the bull, you WILL get the horns.