Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rain, Rain Go Away: Armistice Day Backlash Against Trump Grows

Rain, Rain Go Away: Armistice Day Backlash Against Trump Grows

"Because patriotism is exactly the opposite of nationalism". "We know where we disagree and we are very straightforward in that - on climate, on trade, on multilateralism - but we work very well together because we have very regular and direct discussions".

Mr Trump, who proudly declares himself a "nationalist", stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

"By saying our interests come first and others don't matter we are erasing what makes a nation precious, what makes it live, what makes it great and most importantly of all, its moral values".

"Sometimes, history threatens to retake its tragic course and threaten our heritage of peace that we believed we had forever settled with our ancestors' blood".

Russian state news agencies reported a brief exchange between Trump and Putin at Sunday's armistice centenary ceremonies in Paris.

A senior French woman mistook German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the wife of President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte. Chinese President Xi Jinping also was not present. The two leaders, however, have indeed shared lots of affectionate moments at the centenary of the end of WWI.

Putin said he and Trump decided "not to interrupt the schedule" of the World War I events with a separate meeting.

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But can Europe do without the United States in matters of defence?

Ahead of the ceremony, dozens of world leaders dressed in black strode shoulder-to-shoulder along the Champs Elysees toward the Arc.

Overhead, fighter jets ripped through the sky, trailing red, white and blue smoke.

The trip provided Mr. Trump scant relief from the political challenges at home, where Democrats took control of the House and his ousting of Jeff Sessions as attorney general spurred more scrutiny of his dealings with the Russian Federation investigation.

As well as the deaths of 10 million troops, millions of women were widowed and children orphaned, Macron said.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed a solo piece.

"Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans-living or dead-but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime". "We renew our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes" at the cemetery, "where they rest for all eternity", he said.

World Leaders Warn Against Nationalism At World War I Remembrance Ceremony
In a radio interview this week, Macron had named the United States alongside China and Russian Federation as sources of risk. The comments were the latest hint that European leaders were looking to wean themselves off an overreliance on USA support.

Trump, meanwhile, was placed next to Macron, who was sat opposite Putin - making it hard for the USA and Russian presidents to have personal asides, The Guardian reported.

Mr Trump did not attend the peace conference and left for the USA shortly after it began. "You're very smart people!"

"I want to speak of my concerns that are mixed in with today's commemoration, the concern that national blinders are spreading again, that actions are taken as if to simply ignore our mutual dependencies, relationships and binding ties, " Merkel said.

The president was widely criticized for not visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery on Saturday, where 1,800 American soldiers were killed during World War I.

The address also contained a number of historic rebukes.

After the ceremony, Merkel and UN Secretary-General Guterres gave the opening speeches at a new peace forum in Paris set up by Macron - with both warning that rising nationalism threatens the rules-based worldwide order.

The leaders of Commonwealth nations - whose forces were deployed under British command 100 years ago - also delivered messages of peace.

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