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Foreign Pool Report #2: Bilateral Meeting between President Trump and President Macron
Ching-Yi Chang • Shanghai Media Group
May 25, 2017: 02:18 PM

Some color and some background information from French side about this very first meeting between President Trump and President Macron.

Behind the schedule for about 20 minutes, President Macron arrived in US Ambassador to Belgium's Residence in Brussels. President Trump and the First Lady greeted him at the front door. Your foreign pooler could not hear their conversation, but noticed that while the pooler shouted out question, President Trump didn't look back, yet President Macron did look back for a moment.

While sitting inside for the bilateral meeting, President Trump gave a remark first and then President Macron said basically this in French: it's nice to meet him and he will be focus on three issues: economy, terrorism, climate and energy.

Per a French senior official, she told your foreign pooler that before this meeting, France and US teams met this week in Paris to prepare for this very first encounter between President Trump and President Macron. For President Macron, the fight against terrorism and the respect of the Paris Climate Agreement are at the top of the agenda.

The French official said that France and other countries want the United States to respect this signed agreement and stay in it.

She said, during the lunch, three topics are in President Macron's mind: The NATO Meeting, G7 Summit and the situations in Syria, Ukraine and North Korea.

Finally, the delegation from French side attending the bilateral meeting are Sylvie Goulard, the Minister of Army, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Foreign Minister, and Philippe Etienne, the Diplomatic Adviser.

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