DEIRDRE SHESGREEN | USA TODAY
President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France have toasted to continued warm relations between their countries. (April 24)
WASHINGTON — Without directly rebuking President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called on American politicians to reject the president’s America first policies and construct a “new breed of multilateralism” equipped to confront urgent global threats — from climate change to terrorism.
In adroitly crafted remarks that leaned on emotional appeals and shared history to challenge the Republican-led Congress, Macron said the United States and France had a “unique taste for freedom” and were therefore obligated to join together to fight extremism, racism, inequality and environmental degradation across the globe.
JARRAD HENDERSON, USA TODAY NETWORK
“Both in the United States and in Europe, we are living in a time of anger and fear because of these current global threats,” Macron told a joint session of Congress. “You can play with fears and angers for a time. But they do not construct anything. Anger only freezes and weakens us.”
Macron credited the United States with inventing multilateralism, and said: “You are the one now who has to help to preserve and reinvent it ... We can build the 21st century world order based on a new breed multilateralism, based on a more effective, accountable, and results-oriented multilateralism."