Forgive & forget? Trump tells Macron friendship with Paris ‘unbreakable’
Despite media efforts to get two recently elected world leaders to butt heads, by reminding them of their election-time animosity, the new bond between Trump and Macron seems to be “unbreakable” following US president’s first official visit to Paris.
While noting they do have "occasional disagreements," US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that "the friendship between our two nations – and ourselves, I might add – is unbreakable." Trump was speaking after his talks with Emmanuel Macron, while patting his counterpart’s shoulder.
"Both President Macron and I understand our responsibility to prioritize the interests of our countries and at the same time to be respectful of the world in which we live," Trump said.
In an apparent reference to issues regarding Washington's withdrawal from the Paris climate change deal, the president quickly added that "the US remains committed to being a leader in environmental protection."
After having offered their seemingly bright perspective on a joint work in world politics, the two leaders looked reluctant to take questions from the media, however.
In a short pause caused by some problem with the microphones, Trump promptly suggested:
"You have no questions? Let's go!"
However, reporters did get a chance to ask their questions, and were not easy at all on the two presidents.
Trump was once again asked to comment on the alleged Russian interference in US politics, while the same reporter wondered whether Macron thought that "President Trump is taking a hard enough line on Russia."
"To answer your question, I will not interfere in US domestic policy and I think it's always good not to interfere in the other's domestic life," Macron said in English.
"What a good answer that is!" Trump beamed.
When it was Trump's turn to listen to his previous statements backfire, a French reporter reminded of the American president's earlier statements "implying" that "Paris was not safe anymore," with Europe being "infected by terrorism at its own fault." A wicked smile appeared on Trump's face when he was asked whether he "would repeat those strong words today."
"You better let me answer that one first," Trump said, addressing Macron.
"You know what? It's gonna be just fine, because you have a great president, you have someone who's gonna run this country right... You have a tough president, he's not gonna be easy on people that are breaking the laws, and people that show this tremendous violence. So I really have a feeling that you are gonna have a very, very peaceful and beautiful Paris, and I'm coming back," Trump said, before turning to Macron and adding:
"You better do a good job, please! Otherwise you're gonna make me look very bad."
Despite an array of friendly remarks, Trump still caused media and online controversy after complimenting First Lady Brigitte Macron’s “good physical shape” on camera.