While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump heaped praise on Vladimir Putin and even went as far as to defend the Russian president for killing journalists. He did that at least twice, by the way. But newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron held his first meeting with Putin on Monday and challenged him on a variety of issues, including LGBT rights in Chechnya, where police have instructed parents to kill their own children or they will do that for them. They’re persecuting LGBT people in Chechnya’s gay torture camps but Trump has never addressed that. The former reality show star is tangled in scandals over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
The two leaders reportedly emerged for a joint public news conference, during which Macron pulled no punches.
Macron called out Russian state propaganda outlets which regularly publish ‘fake news’.
Speaking of Russia’s attempt to impact the French election, Macron said ‘‘When press outlets spread defamatory untruths, they are no longer journalists, they are organs of influence. Russia Today and Sputnik were organs of influence during this campaign, which, on several occasions produced untruths about me and my campaign.’’ He continued, “I will not give an inch on this. Russia Today and Sputnik … behaved as organs of influence, of propaganda, of lying propaganda.’’
Putin looked frustrated as if he wanted to be anywhere but there being hammered by Macron as the French President said that his country would bomb Syria on its own if Bashar Assad used chemical weapons again. As Macron spoke of RT and Sputnik, you could almost read Putin’s expression, “I hope he doesn’t have a food taster.” But Macron had no fucks to give and continued to shred Putin.
Watch (if you don’t understand French, it’s all good. The body language is worth it):
— B3infos (@B3infos) May 29, 2017
Putin had to just stand there and take it.
Watching a strong leader in action delighted Twitter users.
Wow: Macron ripping RT and Sputnik to shreds as Putin stands by his side at joint presser.
— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) May 29, 2017
France is back, and big time on the international scene that it never left. Seeing Macron putting Putin his place is heartwarming. pic.twitter.com/77kM5lXSpa
— Weddady (@weddady) May 29, 2017
— Decency must win (@kindNotWeak2017) May 29, 2017
Stones. He’s got em. Trump? Not so much.
— Jonathan Kesler (@keslerlaw24) May 29, 2017
— shoreen (@shoreen) May 29, 2017
— Adrian Mendoza (@patriot4fr33) May 29, 2017
People could learn from Macron’s defense of civil society and human rights in Russia during his meeting with Putin.
— Ahmad Shuja (@AhmadShuja) May 29, 2017
Like here in the U.S., Russia meddled in France’s presidential election. That included a cyber attack and emails released through WankerLeaks. Sound familiar?
Instead of allowing this to continue, a media blackout ensued over the alleged leaks and Macron banned Russia Today and Sputnik from his campaign headquarters, according to Second Nexus.
France did not end up with a far right nationalist, much to the dismay of Pepe the Frog-type Twitter users here in the U.S. — and likely quite a few bots from Russia.
Russia favored Marine Le Pen, but she lost to Macron.
As a final blow to Putin, France decided to take in LBGT refugees fleeing from Chechnya.
— Gastaldi (@VictorCahat) May 29, 2017
Well done, Mr. President.
Image via screen capture.