French President Emmanuel Macron drew a sharp contrast with U.S. President Donald Trump’s worldview at a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, saying that global leaders should reject “the illusion of nationalism” and called for global action against “urgent threats” to liberal values.
Macron criticized the president’s isolationist principles saying U.S. participation in the global community was of utmost importance and Trump’s opposition to the Paris climate accord and international trade agreements was short-sighted.
“We can choose isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism. This is an option. It 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.”
As Trump ponders leaving the 2015 Iran accord, Macron said France would not follow suit.
“We signed it at the initiative of the United States. We signed it, both the United States and France. That is why we cannot say we should get rid of it like that.”
Macron also urged for global action over “urgent” threats to what he called fundamental values.
“Today, the international community needs to step up our game and build the 21st century world order.”
Macron also tried to highlight to showcase the relationship between the U.S. and France through history, drawing attention to the two allies’ “constant attachment to freedom and democracy.”