UPDATED 7:26 AM PT — Mon. Nov. 12, 2018
A GOP senator is responding to French President Emmanuel Macron’s alleged criticism of President Trump.
On Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham said Macron’s comments about the dangers of nationalism have more to do with Macron trying to score political points at home, where President Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda is unpopular.
During the WWI ceremony Sunday, Macron claimed nationalism was a cause of the war, which many saw as a reference to President Trump trying to put a stop to multilateralism.
“No, I think he’s got a political problem at home — Macron does — and probably picking a fight with Trump is good politics,” stated Graham. “I like the idea of President Trump pushing NATO to pay more, getting out of the intermediate ballistic missile treaty with Russia — made sense to me because Russia’s cheating and the treaty doesn’t cover China and North Korea…I think the main friction is getting out of the Iran deal, which I thought was bad for America and really bad for the world, so, Republican presidents always have a hard time in Europe — I’m not really worried about this at all.”
While Macron was once seen as President Trump’s closest friend in the EU, their latest public spat shows neither leader is afraid to push back on the other.