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Travel Pool Report No. 7: Trump-Macron spray
Philip Rucker • The Washington Post
May 25, 2017: 01:40 PM


President Trump and President Macron gave brief remarks at the top of their one-on-one meeting, which was held in a corner parlor room on the first floor of the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium's residence in Brussels.

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."

Macron then made brief remarks in French. Co-pooler Mark Landler put his French language skills to work to deliver a rough translation:

"For my part, I'm also very happy to be with President Trump. We have an extremely large agenda to discuss: the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy."

Macron continued, "The occasion of the NATO summit also allows us to have a first meeting, and I am very happy to be able to change many things together."

President Trump did not respond to two questions asked by the pool as aides tried to shepherd journalists out of the room.

Trump was asked whether Mike Flynn should cooperate with the Russia investigations. He said only, "Thank you."

Your pooler asked Trump a follow-up question from the one posed at Macron's arrival a few minutes earlier, whether Trump had anything to say about British intelligence sharing. The president looked your pooler in the eyes and mouthed the words, "Thank you."

The two presidents, each wearing dark suits and blue ties (Trump's was thick and royal blue; Macron's was skinny and navy) sat in antique cream-upholstered arm chairs, with two American and French flags behind them. They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.



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