*From:* "Rucker, Philip" <xxx@washpost.com> *Date:* May 25, 2017 at 1:40:15 PM GMT+2
*Subject:* *Travel Pool Report No. 7: Trump-Macron spray*

Travel Pool Report No. 7

President Trump and President Macron gave brief remarks at the top oftheir one-on-one meeting, which was held in a corner parlor room on the first floor of the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium's residence in Brussels.


Trump said,It is my great honor to be with the newly elected president of France, who ran an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory. All over the world theyre talking about it. And we have a lot to discuss, including terrorism and other things. Congratulations. Great job.

Macron then made brief remarks in French. Co-pooler Mark Landlerput his French language skills to work to deliverarough translation:

"For my part,I'm also veryhappy to be with President Trump. We have an extremely large agenda to discuss: the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy."

Macron continued, "The occasion of the NATO summit also allows us to have a first meeting, and I am very happy to be able to change many things together."

President Trump did not respond to two questions asked by the pool as aides tried to shepherd journalists out of the room.


Trumpwas asked whether Mike Flynn should cooperate with the Russia investigations. Hesaid only, "Thank you."

Your pooler asked Trump a follow-up questionfrom the one posed at Macron's arrivala few minutes earlier, whether Trumphad anything to say about British intelligence sharing. The presidentlooked your pooler in the eyes and mouthed the words, "Thank you."


The two presidents, each wearing dark suits and blue ties (Trump's was thick and royal blue; Macron's was skinny and navy) sat in antique cream-upholstered arm chairs, with two American and French flags behind them.They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other's hand with considerableintensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.

Philip Rucker

The Washington Post

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