Trump tells French president 'your wife is in good shape'

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2017

Earlier in the day, at the welcome ceremony in Paris, Trump and Brigitte Macron extended their hands to one another, fumbling to make contact for a handshake, before they embraced for a traditional kiss on the cheek. "If it happens, that'll be wonderful".

Trump is in Paris, at President Emmanuel Macron's invitation, to mark the centennial of the arrival of US troops in France in World War I at Bastille Day on Friday.

Mr Trump added: "We'll see what happens".

Trump lavished praise on Macron, calling him "a great president", and "tough".

Earlier on Thursday, Macron had admitted that he had sharp differences with the U.S. president on Paris accord.

The president and Melania Trump were welcome to the Hotel des Invalides, built in the 17th century by the King Louis XIV and incorporating museums and monuments relating to the military history of France.

But he's quickly put a stamp on global affairs, lecturing Russia's Vladimir Putin about meddling in France's election during a May meeting in Versailles, and calling Trump last month to say France would join the any air strikes should the Syrian regime resort again to using chemical weapons.

"France and the United States are longtime allies [.] united by freedom", said the American president.

After Ms. Perry introduced herself, Mr. Trump told Mr. Varadkar, "She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well".

Trump will leave Paris at the conclusion of the Bastille Day ceremonies.

Trump for his part said "something could happen" with his Paris climate policy without explaining or giving any details. "No", Mr Macron said.

"You're in such good shape", Trump remarked.

President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president's wife's appearance as he toured a famous Paris landmark.

Macron views it as counter-productive to isolate the United States on the world stage, and said he and Trump had asked diplomats to draw up in the coming weeks a concrete initiative aimed at preparing the future of Syria.

For the 39-year-old Macron, France's youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago, the visit is a chance to use soft diplomacy to win Trump's confidence and set about influencing United States foreign policy, which European leaders say lacks direction.

"There was a lot of apprehension about Trump's visit to Hamburg for the G20 meeting, firstly with the anti-capitalist protest and the protests against Trump, especially for some of the stances he has taken on different issues", said Professor Todd Landman, a pro-vice-chancellor at the faculty of social sciences, University of Nottingham. Trump is here on a pomp-filled celebration of transatlantic ties at a time of anxiety on both continents.

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