As Trump hosted the French president for the first official state visit of his administration, he and Macron lavished praise - and even a pair of kisses - on one another Tuesday. “It’s an honor to call you my friend,” Trump said, after predicting Macron would be a historic leader of France.
In a lighter moment, Trump and Macron demonstrated some of the chemistry that has marked their relationship. The US president brushed something off Macron’s suit jacket, saying, “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off.” Trump added, “We have to make him perfect - he is perfect.”
"We do have a very special relationship," Pres. Trump says, brushing a "little piece of dandruff" off French Pres. Macron's jacket.— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) April 24, 2018
"We have to make him perfect. He is perfect." https://t.co/i7qWkKTRsa pic.twitter.com/GCCFNCpGDg
The meetings followed a pomp-filled welcome ceremony on the South Lawn. Trump said before an audience of US soldiers and members of his Cabinet that the relationship he forged with Macron at the start of his presidency was a testament to the “enduring friendship that binds our two nations.”
He thanked the French leader for his “steadfast partnership” in the recent missile strike in response to the chemical attack in Syria.
Macron said, “History is calling us. It is urging our people to find the fortitude that has guided us in the most difficult of times. France and with it, Europe, and the United States have an appointment with history.”