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


The president of the United States is in Paris this weekend to participate in the 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 who hurried along the streets", reports the New York Times. "He was therefore the most loved and revered man on the planet"adds a biographer of the former American president (from 1913 to 1921), quoted by the newspaper.

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 survey in 25 countries trust him "Doing the right thing in the management of world affairs".

From the international cooperation of Wilson 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 to build", continue to compare the New York Times.

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

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

The title cites, as an example, US withdrawals from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the Paris agreement on global warming, as well as the abandonment of the transpacific partnership.

Controversy with Emmanuel Macron

"Wilson, a fervent internationalist, has given way to Mr. Trump, a self-proclaimed 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 its place in the world".

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

Very offensive answered the president of the United States by tweeting a message, "Three minutes later [son avion] Air Force One hit the asphalt at Orly airport in Paris ". Trump judges it "Perhaps Europe should pay its fair share toBORN that the United States subsidizes extensively! ".

For the American newspaper, "Trump's philosophy for each of us is a return to the politics of the great power of XIXand, what his defenders consider more realistic than Wilson's naive romanticism ".

theDNA more complex American

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

However, "Neither man should be caricatured: Wilson demonstrated his realism the day after World War I and Trump has not completely disengaged from international and multilateral organizations".


With 1,300 journalists, 13 offices abroad and 125 Pulitzer prizes, The New York Times It is by far the first newspaper in the country, which reads "All the news that fits the press" ("All the information worthy of being



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