"PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s “America first” approach to international affairs at a ceremony on Sunday commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
“Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Macron said. “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."
Macron’s remarks, which he delivered just steps from Trump and more than 80 other world leaders, come on the heels of the U.S. president proudly declaring himself a “nationalist.”
“A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly not caring about our country so much, and you know what, we can't have that,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Houston on Oct. 22. “I'm a nationalist. OK? I'm a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word.”
After Macron finished his remarks, Trump appeared to grimace while offering muted and delayed applause.
The White House had no immediate reaction to Macron’s ideological stand. Trump had his own platform to respond Sunday afternoon when he spoke at an American cemetery outside of Paris for fallen soldiers in both world wars, but he instead kept his remarks focused on those who died in the two conflicts.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump’s speech “will focus on honoring the Americans who fought and died in World War One and our duty to remember the sacrifices of those that came before us...”
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