Donald Trump Mocks Emmanuel Macron's Approval Rating Despite Setting Record Lows in U.S. History

President Donald Trump attacked President Emmanuel Macron in a series of tweets Tuesday for low approval ratings, trade deficits and the French leader's recent call for a European army.

Trump, whose own approval rating slumped in the past week, lambasted Macron for his 26 percent approval rating in October, as well as France's unemployment rate, which is about 9 percent. He also accused the country of having unfair trade practices on wine and tore into the president for his call in a radio interview Friday for Europe to form its own military without the help of the United States.

The Twitter tirade came after Macron delivered a speech over the weekend that rejected Trump's self-imposed "nationalist" label. Trump claimed Macron had attacked him only to distract from France's poor unemployment rate and his sliding approval ratings.

"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!" Trump tweeted.

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Macron's approval rating dropped 4 points from September to October, with 71 percent of respondents in October saying they had no confidence in the president's ability to manage the country. However, Trump endured record-low approval ratings when compared to his predecessors after just over 600 days in office in September. The U.S. president's approval ratings have steadied overall this year but dropped in the past week.

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The president then applied his campaign and administration mantra to France.


Earlier in the series of messages, Trump called out Macron's suggestion of a Europe-only army.

"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!" Trump said.

Macron, Trump and dozens of other leaders from around the globe gathered in France over the weekend to participate in ceremonies honoring the soldiers who died during World War I, culminating in Macron delivering a speech Sunday in Paris that rejected Trump's "America first" nationalism.

"By putting our own interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values," Macron said, adding that nationalism is a "betrayal of patriotism."

The speech came just weeks after Trump declared himself a "nationalist."

Macron's popularity at home is even poorer than Trump's. The U.S. president saw his approval ratings plummet and remain in the high 30s throughout his first year in office, setting a record low at the end of his first 12 months. In Trump's second year, he has largely remained in the mid- to low 40s, with an average approval rating of 42.9 percent and 53.4 percent disapproving, according to RealClear Politics composite.

Recent days have seen Trump experience another slide in his approval ratings. A Gallup poll conducted from November 5 to 11 pegged Trump's approval at 38 percent and disapproval at 56 percent.

Rasmussen Reports, which normally reflects the highest approval ratings for Trump, showed a 46 percent rating with 52 percent disapproving.

The dip for Trump followed Republican losses in the midterm elections last week, with the president having made the elections a referendum on his almost two years in office.

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