In Paris, one hundred years after Wilson, the internationalist, Trump is the nationalist

The American president is this weekend in Paris to participate in commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. the New York Times recalls that his predecessor Woodrow Wilson was greeted in a different way a century ago.

Arrival in France, "Woodrow Wilson was greeted by more than a million people who hurried along the roads", it tells New York Times. "He was then the most worshiped and respected man on the planet"adds a biographer of the former president of the US (from 1913 to 1921), quoted by the newspaper.

But this Saturday, landing in Paris, "President Trump found no euphoric crowd waiting for him". The newspaper remembers that the head of state is that "Very unpopular" in the world. Only 27% of the respondents in a poll in 25 countries trust him "To do the right thing in the management of world affairs".

From the international collaboration of Wilson "Every man for himself" trump

Like Woodrow Wilson at that moment, "Trump plans to change the world, but wants to help build the international order of his predecessor", it continues to compare with New York Times.

Wilson wore one "Idealism" advocate for US intervention in international relations "Building a world based on collaboration and collective action". Thus the League of Nations, ancestor of the United Nations (VN), was made in 1919.

Conversely, "the 45th US President is determined to free his country from the" globalism "chains, which he believes will slow the United States. & # 39;

The title cites as an example the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris agreement on the greenhouse effect, as well as the cessation of the trans-Pacific partnership.

Polemic with Emmanuel Macron

"Wilson, an avid internationalist, has given way to Mr. Trump, a self-proclaimed" nationalist & # 39;and the difference between their two journeys, a hundred years later, says a lot, according to the newspaper "Spectacular forces that have changed the United States and their place in the world".

An illustration of the approach "America first", says it NYT, is Trump's response to Emmanuel Macron's call to create "A real European army" to no longer be dependent on help from across the Atlantic.

Very insulting replied the US president who tweeted a message, "Three minutes later [son avion] Air Force One reached the asphalt at Orly airport in Paris ". Trump judges that "Perhaps Europe should pay its fair shareNATO that the United States subsidize a lot! ".

For the American newspaper, "Trump's philosophy for everyone is a return to the politics of the great power of XIXe, the one who deems his defenders more realistic than Wilson's naïve romance ".

theDNA more complex American

But for an academic quoted in the article, "Wilson and Trump represent the two intertwined components of theDNA of American politics: internationalism and realism ".

however, "Neither man should be caricatural: Wilson demonstrated his realism in the aftermath of the First World War, and Trump did not completely eliminate international and multilateral organizations.".


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