French President Emmanuel Macron gives big speech to Congress

The French president’s speech was peppered with subtle, and not so subtle, digs at Trump’s worldview “after days of flaunting their bromance.”

From Business Insider:

French President Emmanuel Macron called on the US to reject “isolationism” and “extreme nationalism” as he delivered an address to the US Congress on Wednesday.

The French leader’s apparent bromance with President Donald Trump did not prevent him from subtly attacking Trump’s political philosophy.

“We are living in a time of anger and fear,” Macron said, adding that “anger only freezes and weakens us.” […]

The French president urged the US against “closing the door to the world,” saying that would “not stop the evolution of the world.”

These words could be interpreted as a rebuke of Trump’s “America First” agenda, including his desire to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

“I am convinced that if we decide to open our eyes wider, we will be stronger,” he said. “We will overcome the dangers. We will not let the rampaging work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hope for greater prosperity.”

“I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom, and the illusion of nationalism,” Macron said. “Therefore, distinguished members of the Congress, let us push them aside, write our own history, and birth a future we want.”

Defending the global institutions Trump has consistently attacked, Macron called for the US to join France in revitalizing the foundations they built together across the 20th century.

“We can build the 21st-century world order based on a new breed of multilateralism, based on a more effective, accountable, and results-oriented multilateralism,” Macron said.

He added: “This requires more than ever the United States’ involvement, as your role was decisive for creating and safeguarding today’s free world. The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism. You are the one now who has to help to preserve and reinvent it.”

Macron contradicted Trump’s positions on several issues, including on climate change.

“We are killing our planet,” Macron said. “Let us face it: There is no Planet B.”

Trump has referred to climate change as a “hoax” and included in his Cabinet people who reject the scientific community’s consensus that it’s a product of human activities. He also withdrew the US from the landmark Paris climate accord.

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