Thur, May 25, 2017: Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron

US President Donald Trump today met his newly-elected French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump’s wife Melania Trump was with the president as they welcomed Macron to the US embassy in Brussels ahead of the NATO summit today, an AFP journalist said.

–AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has a long list of issues to discuss with U.S. President Donald Trump, including the fight against terrorism, the economy and climate and energy issues.

The two leaders are meeting for the first time over lunch at the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium’s residence. They’ll dine on tomatos and buffalo mozzarella, veal filet with potatoes, tri-colored vegetables, and a duo of Belgian chocolate mousse.

Macron tells reporters at the top of the meeting that he’s happy to have the chance to change things with Trump.

The two also shared an intense handshake, gripping each other’s hands so tightly that Trump’s knuckles appeared to turn white.

Macron has been critical of Trump in the past, including denouncing Trump’s musings on abandoning the Paris climate treaty. White House officials say Trump has not made a decision yet about whether the U.S. will fulfill its obligations under the deal.

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1:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump is praising newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron as the two leaders meet for the first time.

Trump and Macron met at the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium’s residence Thursday for a working lunch.

Trump says Macron had an “incredible victory, all over the world they’re talking about it.” He added that the two have a lot to discuss, including terrorism.

Macron has said he expects to discuss defense and security issues during the pair’s first face-to-face meeting. He has been critical of Trump in the past, including denouncing Trump’s musings on abandoning the Paris climate treaty.

–The Associated Press