Putin, Macron meeting a chance to get acquainted

Jane Richards
May 27, 2017

The super-awkward relationship between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron reached new depths at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, with Macron snubbing him for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who met President Trump for the first time on Thursday, said he urged the US leader to respect the Paris climate accord.

The two world leaders got seemingly stuck in a handshake - possibly the most awkward in history - for nearly 10 seconds when they met ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Later that day, Macron snubbed Trump to greet Angela Merkel, the powerful German chancellor who just might be the most un-Trump-like person alive today.

According to Peskov, during their first meeting, Putin and Macron will get acquainted and exchange views on the key problems and issues, including regional conflicts.

Bloomberg, a financial information agency, devoted a whole article to an analysis of the comic scene for Emmanuel Macron: "It took the French president only six seconds to make Trump better than Trump with A handshake that showed the world that there was a new leader on the world stage".

But a French official is quoting Trump as telling the victor, President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN'), that he favored him all along.

Pictures and video show the two world leaders, who met in Brussels before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, gripping each other's hands while grimacing slightly.

French outlets also reported that Trump told Macron "you were my guy all along", but the New York Times searched through tweets, transcripts and interviews and found that Trump openly supported Macron's opponent Le Pen. The ambassador, whose previous post was as France's ambassador to the United Nations, allowed that he had just sent a memo to Macron advising him on how to handle the American president during their first meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday. As described in the White House pool report: "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening".

By contrast, Mr Trump never spoke publicly about the centrist Mr Macron before the vote.

He seems to be headed in Trump's direction, but when the American president extends a hand, Macron turns to hug Merkel instead. Macron savagely held on, giving Trump one more epic squeeze before finally releasing his injured paw.

Macron has, in his cryptic handshakes, told the world of the great hope in opposition; hope in the midst of the Trump turmoil.

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