It looks as if the bromance between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron might be over.
Since Trump announced unilateral tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from close allies, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, things have not been amazing. Trump had put out a phone call to Macron.
According to a CNN source, “Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can’t handle being criticized like that.” The source characterized the call as “Just bad. It was terrible.”
Prior to the call, Macron issued a statement saying he “regrets the US decision to confirm tariffs in steel and aluminum.”
He went on, “This decision is not only illegal, it is a mistake on many points. It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide unbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism.”
The French President continued, “if these kind of things impacted our relations, it would have been the case since day one because he has decided to leave the Paris (climate) agreement.” He added, “I prefer to say things directly and not through the press; and I will tell him what I told you, which are my convictions that he knows already.”
The White House readout of the call with Macron made no mention of any animosity between the leaders. The readout said, “Both leaders discussed the migration problem in Libya, and timelines to solve it. President Trump underscored the need to rebalance trade with Europe.”