Macron says he might work with Trump: ‘I take the leaders people give me’ | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron mentioned he was keen to work with Donald Trump if the previous president ended up profitable the US elections.

This comes only a day after Mr Trump scored a record-setting win within the Iowa caucuses.

“I’ve always had the same philosophy, I take the leaders that people give me,” The French president mentioned on Thursday throughout a information convention.

He added: “The United States is an important ally… It’s a democracy that’s going through a crisis in which it itself is the first priority and the second priority is China’s power. All of us Europeans need to be lucid about that.”

The French president beforehand recommended that the US curiosity in defending the worldwide order receded below the tenure of Mr Trump. In 2019, Mr Macron described Nato as “brain” lifeless, citing waning US help for the transatlantic navy alliance.

The former president referred to as these feedback by Mr Macron “nasty” and “insulting”.

Mr Trump has beforehand described Europe as a “foe” which is “almost as bad as China” and hinted that he would possibly pull out of the alliance if its phrases weren’t altered to swimsuit the United States.

Mr Macron initially thought of Mr Trump a “friend” and even prolonged invites like eating on the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day however his relationship with the previous president soured over time because of disagreements on local weather, taxation, and Iran.

Tensions additional rose over points with Turkey, Syria, and Russia, whereas commerce disputes, together with France’s new tech tax, added to the discord.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump, the only present or former US president dealing with prison costs, secured a victory within the Iowa Republican contest by an unprecedented margin.

Justin Trudeau has mentioned that if Mr Trump is re-elected as US president, it won’t “be easy” for Canada.

The Canadian prime minister’s remarks on Tuesday echo considerations by the president of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, who beforehand warned that the re-election of the previous president can be a risk to Europe.

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