Macron Prefers Diplomacy Through ‘Direct Discussion,’ Not Tweets
French President Emmanuel Macron said in a CNN interview that he prefers to conduct diplomacy through “direct discussion” with President Donald Trump rather than tweets.
Macron’s comments on Fareed Zakaria GPS were made after Trump, on a visit to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, criticized Macron via Twitter for proposing the creation of a “true European army.”
In response to Zakaria’s question about Trump’s tweet being a mistake, Macron said, “I always prefer having direct discussion or answering questions (than) making my diplomacy through tweets. But I think we had a very clear discussion. He is in favor of a better burden-sharing within NATO. I agree with that. And I think that in order to have a better burden-sharing, all of us do need more Europe.”
Unlike Trump, Macron said he doesn’t call himself a nationalist.
“I would say I’m a patriot. I do believe in the fact that our people are very important and having French people is different from German people. I’m not a believer in a sort of globalism without any differentiation. I think it doesn’t — it’s very inconsistent, and it’s extremely — it makes our people very nervous. But I’m not a nationalist.”
Macron said he believes in cooperation between different peoples and opposed nationalists sometimes adopting a unilateral approach and “the law of the strongest.”
Macron added that both he and Trump were not the “classical politicians.”
“Probably because we are very much aligned in the fight against terrorism and we work very closely together following this line. We know where we disagree and we are very straightforward in that — on climate, on trade, on multilateralism — but we work very well together because we have very regular and direct discussions.”