Politico Europe reports:
U.S President Donald Trump congratulated newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron for his “tremendous victory” and “incredible campaign” as they met for the first time over lunch in Brussels on Thursday.
Speaking alongside Macron at the U.S. embassy, Trump said: “It is my great honor to be with the newly elected president of France, who ran an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory. All over the world, they’re talking about it. And we have a lot to discuss, including terrorism and other things. Congratulations. Great job.”
Somewhat less jocular, Macron briefly thanked Trump and switched to the agenda of the day, telling reporters that the NATO summit later in the day would “allow us to have a first meeting” and that he was “very happy to be able to change a lot of things together.”
Trump denied he supported National Front’s Le Pen in France’s election. “You were my guy” he told Macron today, French officials say.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 25, 2017
Trump likes winners & Le Pen is a loser. So of course in Trump’s mind he never endorsed Le Pen. Wish Macron had crushed Trump’s little hand https://t.co/I7F41t3em3
— j. kelly in cali (@jkellyca) May 25, 2017
— Troostwornall (@TroostWornall) May 25, 2017
Donald Trump vs French President Emmanuel Macron in epic handshake war https://t.co/0EYifaCcw9
— IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) May 25, 2017