Trump meets Macron, says whole world talking about win

It took the French president just six seconds to out-Trump Mr Trump in a handshake that showed the world - and a man three decades his senior - that there's a new leader on the world stage.

The presidents, meeting for the first time since Macron was elected on May 7 after a turbulent campaign, shook hands firmly before lunch in Brussels, with Macron gripping Trump's hand so tight that it turned white.

Le Pen said she was best placed to defend France's interests in what she called the "new world" of Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"What's at stake is to be firm on the Paris accord", said a senior French diplomat before the Trump-Macron meeting, adding that Macron would put his case to Trump in the face-to-face talks in the Belgian capital.




As Trump spoke, Macron sat silently, hands slightly fidgeting, waiting for what was to come: the handshake.

Britain are one of the of five North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states - alongside the US, Poland, Greece and Estonia - to meet the 2% spending target, and Theresa May urged other members to do the same, according to a senior UK Government source. "Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election". However, he said he was not explicitly endorsing Le Pen.

That chimes with a raft of recent polls suggesting Macron's start-up Republic On the Move (LREM) party would displace the Socialists as the largest party in the house and outrank the conservatives. Former President Barack Obama endorsed Macron. Macron eventually appeared to get the better of Trump, even squishing the US President's fingers straight as he appeared to refuse to let Trump withdraw his hand. Macron stands outside greeting several diplomats, Trump among them, sharing brief handshakes and smiles in typical political fashion.

"I am still trying to convince the doubters", Merkel said Tuesday, apparently alluding to Trump, who once described climate change as a "hoax" cooked up by China.

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