President Trump is taking his French counterpart to task on Twitter. In France this week in a speech during the commemoration of Armistice Day on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, French President Emmanuel Macron observed that nationalism led to that war and said it is on the rise again. Trump and dozens of other heads of state listened as Macron said, "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism." In his rebuke of nationalism Macron took a shot at Trump's America First agenda and to the American President's recent reference to himself as a "nationalist."
In a series of tweets yesterday morning, President Trump responded saying "no county is more Nationalist than France, very proud people and rightfully so!" The President took issue with Macron's suggestion that Europe should form its own army to protect it from the United States, Russia and China. Trump noted that Germany was the main threat to France in the great wars of the 20th Century. He also remarked that the French people were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along.