Trump set to avoid peace fo­rum in Paris

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - World - AFP let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

PARIS: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will not at­tend a con­fer­ence or­gan­ised in Paris this week­end to dis­cuss democ­racy and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, or­gan­is­ers said on Thurs­day, in a snub to French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

Trump is due in the French cap­i­tal along with around 70 other world lead­ers for a grand cer­e­mony on the Champs-El­y­sees on Sun­day to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I.

Dozens of lead­ers, in­clud­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Ger­many’s An­gela Merkel, are ex­pected to at­tend the open­ing of the Paris Peace Fo­rum, which Macron will host.

End­ing un­cer­tainty about whether the US leader would par­tic­i­pate, chief or­gan­iser Justin Vaisse said on Thurs­day Trump would not at­tend. He said, “This world needs to meet up and de­fend it­self. It doesn’t mat­ter if those who don’t be­lieve in mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism aren’t there.”

Mean­while, a video dis­trib­uted by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to sup­port its ar­gu­ment for ban­ning CNN re­porter Jim Acosta from the White House ap­pears to have been doc­tored to make Acosta look more ag­gres­sive than he was dur­ing an ex­change with a White House in­tern, an in­de­pen­dent expert said on Thurs­day.

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