Macron snubs Trump for Merkel & another arm wrestle follows

President Macron and President Trump also discussed the Syrian crisis, counter-terrorism and defence spending over lunch at the United States ambassador's residence in Brussels, their first meeting since Macron was elected on May 7 after a turbulent campaign.

As the G7 talks came to an end, President Donald Trump seemed to have forged a bond with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, a French official told CNN.

Later on Thursday, Trump and leaders of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are set to meet for the first time to map out the future of the organization, and try to narrow their differences on its budget.

"All over the world they are talking about it and we have a lot to discuss including terrorism and other things".

"She's the strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France", Trump said in the Oval Office interview.

The American President makes sure to meet at least one new leader every two or three weeks so he can add a new handshake to his constantly expanding collection of awkward but well-documented handshakes. The record shows only favorable words from Trump for centrist Emmanuel Macron's opponent, the defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

By contrast, Trump never spoke publicly about Macron before the vote. On the contrary, former President Barack Obama had endorsed Macron.

"I didn't support this woman", Trump told Macron during the call.

Macron's meeting with Trump was his first biggest diplomatic test since his victory May 8, 2017.

The newly elected French President tweeted the video of himself walking up the red carpet towards the group of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, seemingly headed straight towards the US President.

As my husband and I said our goodbyes to the openly gay career diplomat, I asked him if he'd seen the videos of the handshakes and if he indeed had a chance to warn Macron.

  • Leroy Wright