Donald Trump finally attends Armistice centenary service in the rain

12 November, 2018, 18:14 | Author: Trevor Moore

Solemn ceremonies took place around the world Sunday to mark 100 years to the day since the guns fell silent, marking the end of World War I.

Since taking office, Trump has attacked numerous world leaders including the USA's traditional allies but has yet to say a bad word about Putin.

"Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism", he said.

The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Paris.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said worldwide cooperation is the only way to avert global crises and war, in the inauguration speech of the Paris Peace Forum, just hours after she and French President Emmanuel Macron marked 100 years since the end of World War I.

Macron spoke in front of world leaders including President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Putin shook Mr. Trump's hand, flashed him a thumbs-up sign and patted Mr. Trump's arm as he arrived, and Mr. Trump offered a wide smile.

It is their first meeting since the Helsinki summit, where the pair held closed-door talks and a joint press conference.

"Ruining this hope with a fascination for isolation, violence or domination would be a mistake for which future generations would rightly find us responsible", Macron said.

One of dozens of world leaders attending World War I commemorations in France this weekend, Trump tweeted after landing in Paris that Macron's call for a "real European army" was "insulting".

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", Macron said, speaking in French.

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Macron added that "In saying 'Our interests first, whatever happens to the others, ' you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values". "They are ready to wreak chaos and death", Macron said in his remarks at the Arc de Triomphe.

He denounced rising ideologies that have warped religious beliefs and set loose extremist forces on a "sinister course once again that could undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had forever sealed".

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The move drew swift condemnation at home, as Republicans and Democrats alike cautioned Trump over the connotations of openly "nationalist" rhetoric.

When asked about the criticism, the White House pointed its initial statement on the matter.

Trump canceled a visit to an American cemetery outside Paris Saturday.

Trump introduced six American veterans of the Second World War and an US eighth-grader who saved money for two years so he could attend the ceremony to honor the heroes of WWI.

There was a series of readings and songs memorializing the end of the First World War, with more than 60 leaders from countries around the world standing together before departing for a lunch together at the Elysee Palace.

Trump was accompanied by the first lady, Melania Trump, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.

"We agreed not to violate the host's work schedule, we will not organize any meetings here at their request", he said.

The UK government has invited 10,000 members of the public to march past the Cenotaph in a "People's Procession" to give thanks and pay their respects to all who served in World War I. It has also called for bells to be rung across the nation and around the world to replicate the spontaneous ringing of bells across Britain on November 11, 1918 as news of the war's end spread.



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