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

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

Arriving in France, "Woodrow Wilson was greeted by over a million people hurrying along the roads", relates the New York Times. "He was then the most adored and revered man on the planet"adds a biographer of the former US president (from 1913 to 1921), quoted by the daily.

But this Saturday, landing in Paris, "President Trump did not find a euphoric crowd waiting for him". The newspaper recalls that the head of state is "Extremely unpopular" in the world. Only 27% of respondents in a poll in 25 countries trust him "To do the right thing in the management of world affairs".

From Wilson's international cooperation in "Every man for himself" Trump

Like Woodrow Wilson at the time, "Trump plans to change the world, but wants to shake up the international order that his predecessor helped build", continues to compare the New York Times.

Wilson wore a "idealism" pleading for US intervention in international relations for "Building a world based on cooperation and collective action". Thus, the League of Nations, ancestor of the United Nations (UN), was created in 1919.

Conversely, "the 45th American president is determined to free his country from the chains of 'globalism' which he believes is slowing down the United States."

The title cites as an example the US withdrawals from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris agreement on global warming, as well as the abandonment of the trans-Pacific partnership.

Polemic with Emmanuel Macron

"Wilson, a fervent internationalist, has given way to Mr. Trump, a self-declared 'nationalist', and the difference between their two trips, a hundred years away, says a lot, according to the newspaper, about "Spectacular forces that have transformed the United States and their place in the world".

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

Very insulting replied the US president tweeting a message, "Three minutes after [son avion] Air Force One hit the tarmac at Orly airport in Paris ". Trump judges that "Maybe Europe should pay its fair share toNATO that the United States subsidizes widely! ".

For the American newspaper, "Trump's philosophy of everyone for himself is a return to the politics of the great power of XIXe, the one his defenders deem more realistic than Wilson's naive romanticism ".

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 of the two men should be caricatured: Wilson demonstrated his realism in the aftermath of the First World War, and Trump did not completely disengage from international and multilateral organizations".


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