French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump (right) make a statement on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, on July 11, 2018 | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images
US president gets lost when his French counterpart switched from English.
7/11/18, 6:00 PM CET
Updated 7/11/18, 6:45 PM CET
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.
After the U.S. president praised his French counterpart for his leadership and their “tremendous” relationship, Macron began to speak in French to reporters.
This prompted Trump to start to laugh and say that he did not understand what Macron said, but “it sounded beautiful.”
Macron then switched to English, explaining “I just reminded everybody that almost one year ago you were present with your wife in Paris for Bastille Day.”
“We have worked together for some 12 months now. And took some great decisions and we will continue to work together,” the French president added.
One reporter asked Macron whether he agreed with Trump’s earlier statements claiming Germany is a “captive” of Russia. Trump said he was glad someone asked Macron this.
The French president responded “no.”
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No need to switch to French: the man doesn’t take lessons, Emmanuel. Instead, he forced you to translate the few words you pronounced in your mother tongue….
Posted on 7/11/18 | 6:24 PM CEST
Judging by some of Macron’s confused recent pronouncements, one has to wonder whether he understood what he was saying either.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 6:28 PM CEST
Trump here is coming across as a smiling fool. He shows no sophistication of the issues and continues to mouth simpleton observations that Macron responded.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 8:42 PM CEST
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