Macron Insults USA and Russia
Macron preaches globalization but made 2 dramatic insults to major nations, Russia and America.
Macron’s campaign repeatedly accused Russia of interference in the election, claiming that Russian hackers attempted to gain access to its data, and impede the work of its website. A trove of communication purportedly from Macron’s staff was leaked on the internet a day before the run-off election. Moscow has staunchly denied any interference.
Macron explained his team’s decision to deny RT and Sputnik, both Moscow-based news outlets, accreditation during his campaign, by labeling the media outlets as “propaganda.”
“They didn’t act like the media, like journalists. They behaved like deceitful propaganda,” Macron told RT France head Xenia Fedorova during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles.
“I have always had an exemplary relationship with foreign journalists, but they have to be real journalists,” explained Macron, who defeated Marine Le Pen in the second round of the election, earlier this month. “All foreign journalists, including Russian journalists, had access to my campaign.”
Macron described RT and Sputnik as “organs of influence and propaganda,” adding that both “produced infamous counter-truths about him.”
Macron made an apparent beeline from Trump on the blue NATO welcome carpet, only to side-step the US president at the last available moment to embrace German chancellor Angela Merkel, another of Trump’s handshake nemesis.
Macron admitted his infamously long handshake with US President Donald Trump was far from innocent.
The newly elected president said the fierce handshake during their first official meeting on Thursday was “a moment of truth,” in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche.
“My handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent,” said Macron. “One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones but also not over-publicize things, either.”
The awkwardly long, white-knuckled, handshake was seen by many as a power projection, of sorts, by two newly elected world leaders in the full glare of the international media.