Calls with Trump ‘like making sausage,’ says France’s Macron

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Citing anonymous sources, CNN reported Monday that a phone call between Trump and Macron was “just bad. It was terrible.”

Asked about this at Tuesday’s press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron replied by quoting Otto von Bismarck, the famous 19th-century Prussian statesman who masterminded German unification.

“As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it’s unlikely they’d keep eating them,”Macron said. “So I like it when people see the finished meal, but I’m not convinced the kitchen commentary helps with delivering the meal or eating it.”

“Here in Paris, we don’t make comments on how it went, or how hot, cold, warm or terrible things are. We just go ahead and do things,”the French president added, saying he was looking forward to “useful” and “frank” discussions with Trump at the upcoming G-7 summit in Canada.

CNN focused on the discrepancy between the readouts of last week’s call provided by the White House and the Elysee Palace. The White House version said the conversation focused on trade and immigration, without going into details. A readout from the French presidency, however, said that Macron told Trump his decision to impose tariffs on US allies was both “unlawful” and a “mistake,”Reuters reports.

Macron thought he could speak openly with Trump based on the friendship they had, but Trump “can’t handle being criticized like that,” CNN reported, citing the anonymous source supposedly familiar with the call.

CNN and the president have had a mutually hostile relationship going back to the 2016 presidential campaign, with Trump calling the network “fake news” on more than one occasion.

By contrast, Trump and Macron have had a cordial relationship, bordering on cringe-worthy“bromance”at times. During his visit to the US in April, Macron boasted of his “Trump whisperer” abilities, saying he persuaded the American president to keep troops in Syria.

Macron has been unable to change Trump’s mind on other matters, however, from the Paris Climate Accord to the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA. Trump announced the US was unilaterally withdrawing from the JCPOA in early May.

It was the tariffs announcement last week that broke the French president’s composure, however. Before the phone call with Trump on Thursday, Macron channelled the legendary French diplomat Talleyrand and denounced the tariffs as both illegal and a mistake.

“Economic nationalism leads to war,” he said.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The French are steady. Dealing with the French , is like going to a great restaurant with a flamboyant chef. You know the food is going to be good. You just don’t know if an emotional outburst is going to prevent you from enjoying it.
    We only have one world.

    • To be fair in comparison, Trump is like waking up in a strange house at a dinner table with people speaking gibberish, and the food is terrible, but they all eat it and say yum to please the mad hatter seated at the head.

  2. maybe if these vile politicians realized they work for the people and are not elected to make secret deals and claim everything is state secrets…we wouldn’t get the idiot tRump and types like him.

    but..even then…the stupid people would vote for them anyway.

  3. Macron and Trump, in the words of former Vice President Biden, “Butt Buddies”. Or as I refer to them, “a couple of a–holes”. We deserve better. Heck the Israelis deserve better; after all they are getting played as well.

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