THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release July 11, 2018

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

AND PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE

AFTER PULL-ASIDE MEETING

NATO Headquarters

Brussels, Belgium

4:23 P.M. CEST

PRESIDENT TRUMP: (In progress) -- the President of France, who's doing a terrific job being President of France. He's changing a lot of things around. And I guess that had to happen. And I think it's going to be very successful. We have a tremendous relationship. We're discussing trade. We're discussing NATO. We're discussing a lot of different things. And hopefully, in the end, it will all work out. And so it's great to be with you.

PRESIDENT MACRON: (Speaks French.) (No translation provided.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It sounded beautifully. (Laughter.) I have no idea -- it sounded great.

PRESIDENT MACRON: I told them exactly the same -- (laughter) -- but in French, for French journalists. (Inaudible.)

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I just reminded everybody that almost one year ago you were present with your wife in Paris for Bastille Day.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Beautiful.

PRESIDENT MACRON: (Inaudible) 14th of July. And we've worked together for 12 months now.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: True.

PRESIDENT MACRON: And took some great decisions.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We've made some good decisions.

PRESIDENT MACRON: And we'll continue to work together (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That's right. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Q President Macron, do you agree that Angela Merkel is beholden to the Russians?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, I believe they asked you that. (Laughter.)

Thank you. Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT MACRON: No, I think --

Q No?

PRESIDENT MACRON: We just discussed the nature of that. We work together.

END 4:25 P.M. CEST


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