US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron addressed reporters after "a frank and productive private meeting." The alliance between their countries seems to have reached a new personal level.
Trump, Macron meet at the White House
When US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron emerged from an Oval Office meeting to address government officials and reporters at the White House Tuesday, the men stressed not only the historic ties that bind their respective countries but also willingly displayed their personal friendship for the world to see.
The leaders called their meeting "frank and productive" and addressed a number of topics in their initial statements including the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, Syria, trade, immigration and the environment.
Iran: Trump stressed the idea of "maximum pressure" on Iran and called for Tehran to end its sponsorship of terrorism, as Macron suggested expanding the nuclear deal with treaties on Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, ballistic missiles, and Tehran's involvement in regional conflicts.
North Korea: Trump touted the concept of applying "maximum pressure" when it comes to North Korea and Iran and thanked France for its commitment to ending nuclear proliferation in North Korea.
Trade: Trump's calls for exploring bilateral trade "based on fairness and reciprocity" were echoed byMacron's reference to the importance of "compliance to trade laws among allies" and the need for a "stable and sustainable framework."
Friendship: Both men emphasized their countries' two centuries of alliance but also their own personal "friendship" as Macron said, "I like him a lot," prompting a chuckle from Trump as the meeting ended.
French journalist Thibaut Madelin told DW that the friendship between Macron and Trump was viewed with a "mixture of admiration and skepticism" at home.
"In Germany, public opinion is against Trump, but in France the view is more pragmatic. If Macron has a fruitful relationship with Trump, it will be greeted in a positive way in France," he said.
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First state visit
Macron is the first foreign leader to be afforded the honor of receiving an official state visit in the Trump White House.
The two men and their wives have maintained a busy agenda throughout. The lavish welcome included a symbolically important private dinner at the home of America's first president, George Washington, and a trip by the first ladies to the National Gallery in Washington.