Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Macron says Trump handshake was 'moment of truth'

Sandy Vega | 29 May, 2017, 09:17

At the Thursday summit, Trump did shake Macron's hand intensely, and the initial meeting and handshake grip between the two world leaders prompted major social media scrutiny.

During a working lunch in Brussels ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, President Trump made it clear to Macron he would not announce a decision on the Paris climate agreement prior to the G7, this official told CNN.

Trump is no stranger to awkward handshakes, though.

Europe has a lot riding on Macron's diplomatic performance. Earlier in May, the day Macron was voted in as France's next president, a significant number of global affairs fans promptly began comparing the former investment banker to his Canadian counterpart, hoping they would become best buds. This is the first time the two leaders are meeting, they'll dine on tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, veal filet with potatoes, tri-colored vegetables, and a duo of Belgian chocolate mousse.

The G7 was also unlikely to reprise its oft-used terminology against protectionism, after Trump reportedly described the Germans as "bad, very bad" in their trade practices while visiting Brussels this past week.

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But there were few signs of ring-rust as the former Germany defender produced three crucial last-ditch blocks to thwart Costa. The Gunners board and Wenger will convene for a board meeting on Tuesday (30 May) where his future will be decided.


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Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says differences of opinion with President Donald Trump "emerged quite clearly in our discussion" at the G-7 summit. The lunch ended up running more than a half hour longer than anticipated. It was the first time the pair had met in person.

Other voices are also sounding more loudly as investigations proceed in Washington into whether Russian Federation meddled to help Trump's election victory a year ago. That may be Macron's toughest test so far, amid tensions over Moscow's role in fighting in Syria and Ukraine, and after Putin openly supported rival French candidate Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party. When I asked him what he told the new boss, Araud diplomatically told me to buzz off with a roll of the eye and a smirk.

"Le Pen is strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

In Washington, though, a newly appointed special counsel is just beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

"We discussed all subjects with President Trump".

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