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Trump Mocks France For Being Occupied By Nazi Germany In World War II

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Last weekend, Armistice Day was celebrated across Europe, with senior politicians everywhere attending ceremonies at memorials and cemetries to celebrate one hundred years passing since the end of the First World War and to solemnly remember the fallen and pay their respects to their nations’ lost soldiers. Trump was in France, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, to mark the occasion.

Except for one small thing. When he arrived in France, he noticed that it was raining a bit, so he pulled out of the memorial service at the last minute. Which is overwhelmingly statesman-like.

During that visit, President Macron of France criticized (rightly, of course) the regressive nationalist ideology that Trump and his administration espouse, explaining intelligently that we must be patriotic without being nationalist. Trump obviously didn’t like having his views questioned in this way, so he has since taken to Twitter to go on a rampage mocking France and President Macron in an outrageous fashion.

In a horrendous attempt at an inflammatory joke, the President tweeted that “they were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along”. He is referring to the Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War – for a period of time in the 1940s, France was under the occupation of Nazi Germany, until a combined military force of British, American and Commonwealth soldiers swept in to push the Nazis back into Germany and force them into surrender.

In 2018, this is not at all a good way to foster positive international relations in an ever-changing, increasingly hostile and volatile world.

Trump was also very angry about joint calls from President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently to have a so-called European army, supposedly for protection against other countries including China and Russia. Trump appears to believe that Macron and Merkel want a European army to protect themselves against the US – an accusation he has made on multiple occasions – even though no one ever said that.

Another tweet from Trump a little later on mocked France even more, accusing them of unfair practices in international trade and saying, “France makes excellent wine, but so does the US.” Which makes a huge amount of sense in the context of “trade” – to absolutely no one.

Trump attacked what he sees as unjust tariffs in the European Union (which France is a part of) which apparently make it harder for the US to sell its wine in France. He concluded his tweet: “Not fair, must change!”


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