France's Macron says hopes Trump will finally back climate deal

(AP Photo/Luca Bruno). U.S. President Donald Trump, left, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Donald Tusk, right, watch the Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force acrobatic squadron performing, in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017.

Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart is taking credit for the handshake heads-up because he told Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, about Trump's creepy dominance move at a dinner party in D.C. prior to the two heads of state meeting.

Trump hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for a working lunch today at the official residence of the United States Ambassador to Belgium. President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron before a concert by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ancient Greek.

Many social media users believe that Macron's swerve maneuver was a deliberate snub: By approaching Angela Merkel first, he was sending a clear message to Donald Trump about who he recognizes as the current leader of the free world.

He shakes hands with Merkel and another world leader before shaking hands with Trump, which nearly seemed like a postscript to their aggressive handshake May 25.

But Macron, France's 39-year-old political wunderkind, appeared to be ready for him when they met for lunch at the USA embassy in Brussels ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Macron won France's election this month by positioning himself as the anti-Trump, embracing globalization and immigration. The official said Trump repeatedly referred to Le Pen as "this woman" in their conversation and never mentioned her by name, the official noted.

"This NATO summit is also a chance for us to have a first meeting and I am very happy to be able to change a lot of things together", he said, speaking in French.

'I know what you're gonna do!'

"We have an extremely broad agenda to discuss on the subjects of the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy", the 39-year-old president said.

While Ms Le Pen had echoed some of Mr Trump's hardline rhetoric on immigration, the USA leader's words of support were surprising.

Moments before, Trump had made some kind remarks about Macron's recent victory in the French presidential election. And when he met the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, he failed to shake her hand during a photo op.

No surprises there, as Trump once confessed handshakes are "barbaric" because "shaking hands, you catch colds, you catch the flu, you catch this". Trump is notorious for trying to assert his dominance over others by squeezing their hands with a vice-like grip and giving their arms a sudden yank.

  • Leroy Wright