World War I Commemoration: Macron Blasts Trump’s “America First”, Putin and Trump Shake Hands, Putin and Netanyahu Meet “Unofficially”, Netanyahu Orders Gaza Strikes


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin confirms that President Macron had “specifically asked him not to hold one-on-one meetings with US President Donald Trump…” during the Commemoration.

Putin agreed  “not violate the schedule of the host party here [France]: At their request, we will not organize any meetings here,” (RT, Interfax news agency)

The two men nonetheless “shook hands” and, according to unconfirmed reports, there was an informal Trump-Putin chat at the Elysee Palace. See the 16 seconds video below.

Visibly, Trump was the odd man out. He did not like President Emmanuel Macron’s  rebuttal  of his “America First”  brand of nationalism which was compared “to the forces that plunged Europe into conflict in the early 20th Century”.

Macron, however, was careful not to mention the name of the country or the name of its president:

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism… nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first [aka America First], who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”

Moreover, upon his return from Paris,  Trump complained (see his twits below) that America had not been “treated fairly” despite the rain of US  threats and trade sanctions directed against dozens of countries including several of America’s staunchest allies:

Russia Today screenshot, November 12, 2018

The Putin-Netanyahu Meeting

The Kremlin cancelled the “formal” meeting between Putin and Netanyahu in Paris.

The Russian President and the Prime Minister of Israel did however meet at the Elysee Palace on the sidelines of the Paris Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Putin meets Netanyahu, Elysée Palace, with translator: Jerusalem Post, November 12, 2018

According to the Jerusalem Post (November 12, 2018),

Netanyahu told reporters that the “conversation was very good and to the point; I would say it was very important.” He refused to elaborate any further on the conversation.  

Times of Israel, November 11, 2018

The Commemoration of the War to End All Wars.

“The Day After”: Business as Usual for War Criminal Netanyahu

And on the same day as well as on the day following the Paris Commemoration,  “Israeli fighter jets strike dozens of Gaza targets after 200 rockets rain down on towns” (RT, November 11, 2018)



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