Donald Trump has snubbed an anti-nationalist peace conference organized by French President Emmanuel Macron.

US president  refutes invite to macron's anti-nationalist peace conference

Macron’s “Peace Forum” is part of a ceremony marking the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I.

 Along with around 70 other world leaders, Trump will attend the Sunday morning ceremony, but not Macron’s anti-nationalist conference, although leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan will.

 This was confirmed by chief organizer Justin Vaisse. “This world needs to meet up and defend itself.

It doesn’t matter if those who don’t believe in multilateralism aren’t there,” Vaisse said.

 “The forum organised to show that there are lots of forces in the international system — states, NGOs, foundations, intellectuals, companies — who believe we need a world of rules, an open world and a multilateral world,” he explained.

His refusal to attend an anti-nationalist peace conference hardly comes as a surprise considering  his recent comments.

  President Trump proudly asserted that he is a nationalist, denouncing “globalists” as he put it, and vowing to put “America first.”

 Trump said in a press conference that he is unaware of the negative connotations that the term carries, and reaffirmed that nationalism to him means putting the United States first.

  Macron recently warned that a “nationalist leprosy” could drag Europe back to the 1930s.

He had also expressed concern over the spread of populism in Europe, calling for European unity.

 “In a Europe divided by fears, the return of nationalism, the consequences of economic crisis, one sees almost systematically everything that marked Europe between the end of World War I and the 1929 crisis,” Macron remarked, adding that Europe must “fight back.”

 The two presidents are continuing to drift further apart, after seemingly striking up a friendly relationship during Trump’s 2017 visit to France. 

The two will, however, hold talks the upcoming Saturday at the Elysee Palace, Macron’s official residence.

  former French Ambassador Michel Duclos said that the meeting will send a powerful message, as it is “about learning the lessons of the past and preparing for the future.”

 Research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations Jeremy Shapiro observed that Trump’s refusal to attend the conference does not come as a surprise considering the fact that the U.S. president has consistently bashed international institutions.

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