This highly cited NYT article is a recommended read. It explores the implications of of Trump’s acceptance of Macron’s Bastille Day invitation.
First, Macron invites Russia’s President Putin to a historic meeting. Now, Macron invites the volatile US President Trump and Trump immediately accepts. This is a demonstration of power from the French Prsident who has enormous popular support in France too.
This should be contrasted to Theresa May’s Britain. May rushed to the US after Trump was elected and quickly made concessions to try to curry favour – whilst France and Germany stood back and signalled that they had some doubts about Trump’s direction. The UK quickly extended an invite for Trump to make a full state visit to the UK. But Trump’s UK visit has been put on the…
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