They're Polar Opposites, but Macron Is 'Trump Whisperer'

French president may have more at risk as he visits the White House
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2018 11:37 AM CDT
In this July 13, 2017, photo, French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump , right, walk in Paris.   (AP Photo /Matthieu Alexandre, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump has a busy week on the diplomacy front, starting with a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron and ending with another by Germany's Angela Merkel. Macron will be at the White House Monday and Tuesday in the first state visit by a foreign leader hosted by Trump, and all eyes will be on the interaction between the two, given their surprisingly warm relations in previous meetings. Coverage:

  • Different styles: The French president "is a suave globalist who is passionate about global warming, the Syrian civil war and the European Union," writes Geg Ip at the Wall Street Journal. Trump, on the other hand, "is a brash nationalist contemptuous of global institutions and wary of foreign entanglements." But the two also have fundamental things in common, including that they are relative political newcomers.
  • And yet: "Almost alone among Europe’s leaders, Mr. Macron has struck an apparent rapport with the mercurial American president, who has taken pride in testing, even alienating, some of the United States’ oldest and truest allies," write Alissa Rubin and Adam Nossiter in the New York Times. The analysis sees this rapport as a gamble by Macron, which so far has not paid off in much of substance.

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