Trump compliments French first lady’s figure in awkward moment
Donald Trump inspired a collective cringe after telling French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte, she was in “good shape," seemingly unable to mask his shock that an older woman could be so trim.
The moment was captured in a live video on Macron’s Facebook page Thursday, which can be seen from 54 minutes. The Trumps and Macrons are seen chatting after visiting museums at Les Invalides. Trump turns to Brigitte Macron and tells her, “You know, you’re in such good shape,” before turning to Macron and telling him, “She’s in such good physical shape.”
He then turns back to Brigitte and says, ”Beautiful.”
Trump’s comments were met with a combination of disgust and embarrassment online. Earlier in the day, he was also caught giving her one of his awkward handshakes that saw him grasp her hand and pull her towards him.
nothing says presidential material like eyebanging the wives of foreign dignitaries— Swartz (@SwartZilla) July 13, 2017
It's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. pic.twitter.com/xF2k8hb5Qm— Bigly Nasty (@GeeJustG) July 13, 2017
Many pointed out that Trump was seemingly amazed that a woman of Brigitte’s maturity could possibly look so good. Perhaps not a surprise given Trump’s penchant for marrying women much younger than himself. Others said his comments were patronizing and insulting to Brigitte.
he most likely commented on her physical shape because she is older than Macron by several years. Yup, our president has no tact. 😣— Maru (@pianogreen) July 13, 2017
@katesang oh good grief. Patronising predator!!! Horrid, just horrid!— Gwen van der Velden (@Gwenvdv) July 13, 2017
#RNBreakfast Trump talking to Macron about his (older) wife Brigitte...she's in such good physical shape..(subtext, for an old woman)— grace pettigrew (@broomstick33) July 13, 2017
Macron's wife is two decades older than him. This is an alien concept to keep-marrying-younger-ones Trump. https://t.co/vIJZ9MSJZf— 2084Author (@LinerElaine) July 13, 2017
Curiously, the age difference between Macron and his wife and Trump and his own are both 24. Only in Trump’s case, he’s the older one.