World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

Kerry Wise
November 13, 2018

"Each of these marble crosses and Stars of David marks the life of an American warrior - great, great warriors they are - who gave everything for family, country, God and freedom", Trump said in his own speech at the event.

He did so again during Sunday's remembrance ceremony in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Trump, who champions a nationalist "America first" policy, will not attend the forum but Putin is expected to do so.

As the other leaders gathered in the morning, Trump tweeted about the devastating wildfires in California, criticizing local officials for poor forest management.

Trump was heavily criticised for cancelling a trip to Belleau Wood battlefield in northern France on Saturday due to rain, with some critics accusing him of disrespecting America's war dead. The feminist activist group Femen later claimed responsibility.

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism.

Macron did point out similarities between himself and Trump, explaining that neither of them rose through the ranks as "classical politicians".

Trump has pulled out of a number of global treaties from climate change to the Iran nuclear deal, and recently the disarmament treaty with Russian Federation.

Last month Trump sparked concerns globally when he said he would ditch the INF pact, as Putin warned that abandoning the treaty would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.

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The Paris Peace Forum aims at promoting concrete actions toward peace and should be repeated every year, he said.

Sitting several seats away was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived at the ceremony separately as well. And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word. I love our country", he said, adding: "You have nationalists. "We have a lot of problems".

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation". Trump sat across the table from Putin, who instead talked to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the spokesman said.

But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a disgusting, frightful war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

Trump arrived fresh off midterm elections in which his party lost control of the House of Representatives even as it kept control of the Senate.

The French leader also convened a "Paris Peace Forum" as part of the weekend's ceremonies, drawing worldwide organizations and nonprofits to discuss how to strengthen global governance.

In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the United States had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

On a weekend meant to commemorate world war veterans, U.S. President Donald Trump's moniker as a self-declared nationalist garnered worldwide attention on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.