Macron: No planet B rebuke to Trump

A day after putting on a show of bonhomie and unity with Donald Trump the French President Emmanual Macron switched to plan B in a speech to the US Congress, criticising a number of Trump policy positions.

Macron spoke against isolationism and nationalism, and one of his biggest rebukes was over climate change, saying there was no planet B.

RNZ: Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress

French President Emmanuel Macron has used his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism.

Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity.

The speech was seen as rebuking Donald Trump, who has been accused of stoking nationalism and promoting isolationism through his America First policies.

Mr Macron said the US had invented multilateralism and needed to reinvent it for a new 21st Century world order.

The French president was given a three-minute standing ovation as he took his place in the chamber for his speech.

On isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism:

Mr Macron said isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism “can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. It will not douse but inflame the fears of our citizens”.

He added: “We will not let the rampaging work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hopes for greater prosperity.”

He said the UN and the Nato military alliance might not be able to fulfil their mandates and assure stability if the West ignored the new dangers arising in the world.

On trade…

…Mr Macron said that “commercial war is not the proper answer”, as it would “destroy jobs and increase prices”, adding: “We should negotiate through the World Trade Organization. We wrote these rules, we should follow them.”

On Iran…

…Mr Macron said his country would not abandon a nuclear deal with Tehran that was agreed by world powers when President Barack Obama was in office but which Mr Trump has branded “terrible”.

Mr Macron said: “This agreement may not address all concerns, and very important concerns. This is true. But we should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead.”

Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons. Not now. Not in five years. Not in 10 years. Never.”

On the environment…

… he said by “polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying biodiversity we are killing our planet. Let us face it, there is no Planet B”.

Trump has not responded yet. Prior to Macron’s speech:

I haven’t heard that reported anywhere. Instead Washington is abuzz with Macron’s plan B.

23 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 26, 2018

    Lols. The runt wins. 😀 👍🏼

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 26, 2018

    As someone noted recently, France is an unreliable partner prone to arbitrary reversals whenever it suits its purpose.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 26, 2018

      Headline: “Melania Trump shines as Trumps host elegant first state dinner”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 26, 2018

      Well, that was an interesting article !

      How did Melania Trump see where she was going in that hat which seemed to have been made for a giant and came down to her nose ?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 26, 2018

        She did. Does it matter?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 26, 2018

          Just wondered…the hat looked as if it was five sizes too big in all directions.

  3. Reported just now:

  4. Zedd

     /  April 26, 2018

    Once again proving that other ‘Leaders’ think Mr T IS a total moron !
    They say he is 71? going on about 17 in his mindset & attitudes ?

    All the money in the world.. does not make him ‘worldly’ in fact ,he probably still needs someone to wipe his A for him & remind him where it is 😀

    • Gezza

       /  April 26, 2018

      17 is overly generous. He comes across to me as having the emotional intelligence & focus of a four-year old, & the tantrums of a two-year old.

      1ewes cited this tweet & noted there have so far been no more tweets about Macron’s speech to Congress.

      • sorethumb

         /  April 26, 2018

        I don’t think the man who banged Dairy-Cow Daniels will be worried about the French Poodle macron.

        • Gezza

           /  April 26, 2018

          No but the bratty little bully who expects everyone to suck up to him will be mad as.

  5. sorethumb

     /  April 26, 2018

    Mr Macron said isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism “can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. It will not douse but inflame the fears of our citizens”.

    He added: “We will not let the rampaging work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hopes for greater prosperity.”
    ……
    Cough!
    Yet Chang has noted that if Swedish bus drivers get paid, say, 50 times more than Indian bus drivers, it’s not because the Swedes are 50 times more productive at driving buses. It’s because the government of Sweden would use physical force to stop enough Indians from moving to Sweden to equalize wages. Chang observes:

    “Our story of bus drivers reveals the existence of the proverbial elephant in the room. It shows that the living standards of the huge majority of people in rich countries critically depend on the existence of the most draconian control over their labor markets—immigration control. Despite this, immigration control is invisible to many …”
    http://takimag.com/article/a_blind_spot_full_of_billionaires_steve_sailer

    • sorethumb

       /  April 26, 2018

      Someone wants to argue the toss?

      • sorethumb

         /  April 26, 2018

        Used to a PC environment where such views aren’t aired?

  6. sorethumb

     /  April 26, 2018

  7. sorethumb

     /  April 26, 2018