‘Did he forget the American Revolution?’ Twitter gives Trump a history lesson after France insults
Shortly after Trump returned to Washington, DC from Armistice Day commemorations in Paris, he took aim at France, writing that people were “starting to learn German in Paris” before the United States entered World War II. Trump also mocked French President Emmanuel Macron personally, tweeting that he “suffers from a very low approval rating in France.”
Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt quickly hit back at Trump, tweeting that “without French money, the USA would not even exist” since it was France that financed the American Revolution.
“They even gave you the Statue of Liberty to celebrate this,” he added, with a winking emoji, referring to the fact that the iconic statue was a gift to the US from France commemorating the historic alliance.
Other tweeters also slammed Trump on his somewhat “incomplete understanding of history.”
Trump has an incomplete understanding of history. If it wasn't for French warships during the American Revolution, all decisions impacting the Thirteen Colonies would still be taken in London. Humbleness is the weapon of the wise men. https://t.co/MTwa9kOGTT— L'Étranger (@LEtranger99) November 13, 2018
FACT: President Trump seems to have forgotten a war we would have lost badly without the help of France: the American Revolution.— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) November 13, 2018
Some pointed out that “keyboard warrior” Trump waited until he was back in Washington DC before personally attacking Macron instead of telling him how he felt to his face, while others recalled that Trump himself dodged the Vietnam draft so might not be the best person to mock others’ losses.
Keyboard warrior Trump returns after not saying this directly to Macron!— Phil (@philbet5) November 13, 2018
Donald Trump‘s such a big-time Alphabro that he allows a room full of UN members to laugh in his face and for Macron to verbally destroy him on the world stage without so much as a rebuttal. But boy does he put them on blast during a 6am Twitter meltdown.— Mike P Williams 🌹 (@Mike_P_Williams) November 13, 2018
Some also pointed out that Trump had let loose on France on the third anniversary of deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Trump's Twitter rant against Emmanuel Macron occurs on the 3rd anniversary of the Paris attacks (11/13/15) at the Bataclan theatre and around the city that killed 130 people and injured 413.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 13, 2018
Trump’s ire at Macron was sparked when the French president earlier called for the creation of a European army to defend itself instead of “relying only on the United States” — a suggestion which Trump had found “very insulting.”
Doubling down on Macron’s comment, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire even went so far as to suggest that Europe should establish itself as an “empire” to compete with China and the US.
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