Donald Trump has made an absolute fool of himself while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife at the White House, all while touting the “special relationship” he has with him. He even tweeted his excitement over the visit and bragged that he was allowing Macron to address a joint session of Congress even though it is “seldom allowed to be done.”
Trump might already be changing his mind about that enthusiasm now.
Repeatedly, Macron called out Trump’s policies while never mentioning his name. In the speech he gave, he criticized Trump’s nationalist rhetoric, his push for an even larger military despite the fact that the U.S. already has the strongest military and the biggest military spending in the world, as well as the violations of freedoms Trump has repeatedly called for.
‘Personally, if you ask me, I do not share the fascination for new, strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism.’
Macron to Congress: “Personally, if you ask me, I do not share the fascination for new, strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism.” pic.twitter.com/vYpzOhpwnT
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) April 25, 2018
He also called out Trump’s policies that so please his base, such as “massive deregulations” and “extreme nationalism” as an answer to globalism. It’s not difficult to imagine Trump fuming since his entire campaign was centered around deregulation and “America First” policies.
While Macron has smiled and acted professionally throughout his visit with Trump, it seems he’s not afraid to call him out on issues about which he feels passionately. For instance, his strong belief in the Paris Accord, which Trump quickly pulled the U.S. out of at the beginning of his presidential term, was one of the focuses of his speech.
‘I’m sure U.S. will rejoin the Paris Agreement…there is no Planet B…after all, what is the meaning our of life if we work and live destroying the planet?’
Many wondered if French President Emmanuel Macron was trolling President Trump by bringing him a tree to plant on the White House lawn during his state visit. pic.twitter.com/vj8QOgnRJb
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 24, 2018
Macron pulled no punches, and Trump’s claims of a “special relationship” between himself and Macron may be a thing of the past after this speech.
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