President Trump was proper to tweet an outraged response Saturday to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron after Macron mentioned in a radio interview that France and Europe want a military to defend in opposition to America, Russia and China.
By saying that “we’ve got to guard ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even america of America,” Macron naively paints America as a possible enemy. In so doing, he ignores the lots of of hundreds of American lives sacrificed on French and European soil to save lots of the free world throughout World Conflict I and World Conflict II.
Touchdown in France Saturday to affix leaders of different nations in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tip of World Conflict I, President Trump tweeted: “President Macron of France has simply urged that Europe construct its personal army so as to shield itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, however maybe Europe ought to first pay its fair proportion of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes significantly!”
Macron couldn’t have levied a higher insult at America and its veterans on this 100th anniversary of the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 to finish World Conflict I and, sarcastically, save Europe.
The French and U.S. presidents met Saturday and Macron tried to backpedal from his earlier feedback, saying he had been misunderstood, and that what he actually meant was the Europeans wanted to spend extra on their very own protection and be much less depending on America to defend them, as President Trump has referred to as on them to do.
Nonetheless, Macron’s diplomatic moonwalking doesn’t alleviate his insult to American veterans.
Macron ought to be extra appreciative of what America has performed for France and for all of Europe up to now 100 years. He ought to take some quiet time for himself and stroll amongst one of many 11 cemeteries maintained by the American Battle Monuments Fee in France the place over 60,000 People relaxation eternally, their headstones standing guard in opposition to additional invasion.
As many have identified earlier than, with out america the individuals of France would all be talking German right now.
To additional underscore Macron’s misunderstanding of his nation’s safety surroundings, his remarks about constructing a European protection pressure got here in response to President Trump’s opening gambit to take away america from the 1987 Intermediate Vary Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia – a treaty that Russia has already violated and obviated.
Macron would kneel earlier than the Russian nuclear menace, unable to know the overarching safety implications of encouraging American withdrawal from collective safety in Europe.
In fact, America won’t ever withdraw from defending Europe, mainly as a result of Europe’s financial system is central to the well being of the American and world economies.
Likewise, President Trump’s Nationwide Safety Technique states that China and Russia are our peer rivals.
The technique states: “A powerful and free Europe is of important significance to america. We’re certain collectively by our shared dedication to the ideas of democracy, particular person liberty, and the rule of regulation. Collectively, we rebuilt Western Europe after World Conflict II and created establishments that produced stability and wealth on each side of the Atlantic. In the present day, Europe is likely one of the most affluent areas on this planet and our most important buying and selling associate.”
Additional, the technique identifies Russian subversive actions supposed to drive a wedge between america and Europe and says: “Russia is utilizing subversive measures to weaken the credibility of America’s dedication to Europe, undermine transatlantic unity, and weaken European establishments and governments.”
In different phrases, Macron is taking part in into the arms of the enemy. He fails to acknowledge each the sacrifice and the dedication of america to European safety. Macron’s ignorance is outpaced, although, by his disrespect.
Calling America a possible enemy on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the tip of the Nice Conflict is an unmitigated insult to American veterans in all places.
As an alternative of spitting in our soup, Macron has shamefully spit on the graves of the People who saved his nation and on People who defend it right now.