“For the 39-year-old Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago, the visit is a chance to use soft diplomacy to win Trump’s confidence and set about influencing U.S. foreign policy, which European leaders say lacks direction.
Macron views it as counter-productive to isolate the United States on the world stage, and progress may be made on joint approaches to counter-terrorism and security.
But any breakthrough on trickier issues such as Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change deal and his “America First” trade policy are unlikely.
“What Emmanuel Macron wants to do is bring Trump back into the circle so that the United States, which remains the world’s number one power, is not excluded,” French government spokesman Christophe Castaner told BFM TV.”
The above quote from an Internet article ignores the very important fact of the friendship and cooperation between France and the USA. It started during the settlement of the New “America” when French settlers, fur traders and business people helped settle large areas of the future USA. It continued with French help to us during the revolution against England when the French navy prevented the English navy from resupply to Yorktown. Of course, we have the first and second world wars. This history of Franco/American friendship has not significantly changed.
However, this writer finds it amazing to have the reporter make the above quote that the G-20 is sidelining and ostracizing the USA because “they” think our President’s policies lack direction. My objection is the reporter’s uncritical and wholehearted acceptance of this propaganda. Who among the G20 leaders said that they wanted to keep the USA isolated? I feel this opinion is grossly exaggerated as indicted by the reporter’s acknowledgement that the USA is the “world’s number one power.” How does one make the slip from excluding the USA from the “circle” and saying the USA is the world’s number one power. I do not mean this is a prideful way, such as to say “we are the biggest so you other boys better play it my way.” Do not mean that at all. However, the obsequious nature of the reporter’s inference that USA needs France to coach us back into the “inner circle of Europe” is absurd. It is even patronizing to the “worlds number one power” to state that we need to be treated like little children because “they” think our President’s policy lacks “direction.” It is more likely that our President is a new leader with a new non globalist policy- a policy that the patronizing Europeans do not like. And of course, if Europeans don’t like something American, there will always be reporters who spin the USA position as “upstart” “petulant” “lacking in direction.”
Actually, when I think of these European elitist’s criticism of the USA, I find that it has always been that way as European politicians observe “brash and crude” American policies. Maybe, we should regard it as a compliment to our independence. A compliment that we return to our friends, the French, who are themselves often criticized for their “distinctly French ways.” I don’t pretend to speak French but in English I think the phrase is “Life to the difference”