Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Putin and President Trump

Putin and President Trump

Trump called the French leader out on social media Friday, moments after landing in the country to attend events relating to the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Merkel and Macron have emerged as the leading defenders of the multilateral institutions created at the end of World War II, while Trump, who embraces what he calls "America First" policies, pronounced at the United Nations in September that he's a "nationalist" who rejects globalism. And Trump was not present as the other leaders arrived, walking side-by-side in a sombre, rain-soaked line holding black umbrellas as bells finished tolling.

On Saturday, he was criticised for cancelling a visit to the Belleau Wood battleground north-east of Paris because of rain.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had sat with world leaders including Putin, Macron and Merkel at lunch and the group had held "very good and productive discussions".

"[At the events in Paris on November 11] Putin had a quick word with Trump", Peskov said.

The spat was the latest the two leaders, who struck up a warm relationship initially but have clashed over a growing list of issues, including Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. 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.

National security adviser John Bolton had said at one point that Putin and Trump would meet in Paris, but they will instead hold a formal sit-down later this month at a world leaders' summit in Buenos Aires. The aim of the Paris Peace Forum is to establish a global platform to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism, worldwide cooperation and reformation of global governance institutions.

Right to Left: Russian President Vladimir Putin. "It says - in English or French - love of nation, devotion to your country". In Helsinki in July, Trump's apparent acceptance of Putin's denials Russian Federation had intervened in the vote over the conclusions of USA intelligence triggered a wave of criticism in Washington and a push for new sanctions in Congress. "We have a lot of problems".

President Trump didn't make a lot of friends in France - and he was there less than 48 hours.

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".

But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to US and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a awful, terrible war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

Trump is due back in Washington by Sunday evening.

In Paris, the jewel that Germany sought to capture in 1914 but which the Allies fought successfully to defend, the armistice commemorations were being followed by the afternoon opening of a peace forum pushed by the host, Mr Macron.

On a weekend meant to commemorate world war veterans, U.S. President Donald Trump's moniker as a self-declared nationalist garnered worldwide attention on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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