Sen. Lindsey Graham: Macron was 'playing politics' during WWI speech on nationalism

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2018

On Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham said Macron's comments about the dangers of nationalism have more to do with Macron trying to score political points at home, where President Trump's "America first" agenda is unpopular.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", he said.

At a commemorative event for World War I this weekend, a French woman was very excited to be meeting her country's president.

US President Donald Trump - who prides himself on being called a nationalist - was among around 70 leaders to attend a solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in the driving rain.

In a speech that lasted 20 minutes, he defended both the European Union and the United Nations, by insisting, that the "spirit of cooperation" they have helped developed has "defended the common good of the world". "By saying, 'Our interests first, who cares about the others, ' we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace and what is essential: its moral values". "History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again".

An armistice marked the official end of World War I at exactly 11:00am, 100 years ago. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was positioned in pride of place between Trump and Macron, an eloquent symbol of victors and vanquished now standing together, shoulder to shoulder.

Trudeau turned to Twitter to affirm Canada's solid and continued relationship with France by posting a photo of him and the French president smiling and captioning "In times of conflict and in times of peace, Canada & France are partners, allies & the closest of friends". Chinese President Xi Jinping also was not present.

"The aim of the forum is to show that there are lots of forces in the worldwide system - states, NGOs, foundations, intellectuals, companies - who believe we need a world of rules, an open world and a multilateral world", he said.

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Speaking at the Peace Forum, Merkel denounced the "national vain gloriousness and military arrogance" that led to the "senseless bloodshed" of two world wars.

Trump said he and his wife Melania were "deeply honoured" to have been in attendance. Dozens of global leaders attended, including Trump.

Today, France's military stands among Europe's best.

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.

Between five and 10 million civilians are estimated to have been killed.

There is no word from either the Kremlin or the White House regarding what was said between Trump and Putin at the event.

Trump and Putin shook hands with leaders, assembled on risers at the foot of the monument, and took their own positions.

Trump and First Lady Melania were no-shows on Saturday afternoon following the row with Macron over France's contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed a solo piece.

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