If we didn’t know exactly how Emmanuel Macron felt about Donald Trump, we might think there was a Trudeau-level political bromance going on between the French and American Presidents. Judging by previous comments by Macron, it’s unlikely that’s the case. Though the pair looks amicable, even friendly, in most of the press shots from the event (see exhibits A and B below), there definitely isn’t any love lost between these leaders. This trip lasted a mere 30 hours but we saw some major political drama. It’s Donald Trump, what did you expect?
The epic handshake battle continues
We’re always ready for one of Trump’s infamous handshakes when he meets up with another world leader and Macron did not disappoint. You might remember the last time they met and Macron cut off the circulation to Trump’s hand for what seemed like an eternity (and we all cheered a little). This time was like that but so much better.
They started off slow with a handshake that was a little awkward near the end and maybe a little too long, but otherwise, just a nice greeting.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2017
Their farewell was something else entirely. The goodbye handshake between the Trumps and the Macrons will go down in history as the most awkward and drawn-out interaction between world leaders ever. This beats that 19-second handshake between Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister. Clocking in at about 25 seconds, this four-way handshake is legendary.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 14, 2017
Why did Macron seem even more hostile and determined than before? Well, maybe it had something to do with Trump hitting on his wife earlier. Yeah, that happened.
Never, ever hit on the host’s wife
Brigitte Macron is the first lady of France and was a literature teacher at one of the most prestigious schools in the country before putting her career aside to focus on her husband’s. She’s been lauded as crucial to Emmanuel’s campaign, presidency and general happiness (aww!). On top of all that, she looks incredible for 64 years old, an observation Trump made pretty much the moment he met her.
In front of Macron, his wife and several cameras Trump said to the French first lady, ‘You’re in such good shape. She’s in such good shape. Beautiful.’ Um, creeper alert! This is a perfect example of how you cannot talk to women.
Here’s the video. Trump on France’s First Lady: “You’re in such good shape.” pic.twitter.com/DHtI4rxsXZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 13, 2017
And the internet was not about to let that one slide. At least some people understand how completely inappropriate it is to comment on a woman’s (or anyone’s) body. Checkout this beautifully-worded 10-tweet thread by Twitter-user Alex Berg on exactly why this isn’t okay.
Remind yourself every time something like this happens that it’s unacceptable and we just can’t normalize it or make light of it. /10
— Alex Berg (@AlexfromPhilly) July 13, 2017
We’ve come to not expect much from President Trump, but moments like this startle us back into remembering that his words aren’t just misinformed, they are damaging to whole groups of people. Remember: this is Donald Trump talking, this isn’t a normal or acceptable way to behave.
Some people enjoyed the entertainment
On a lighter note, Trump was there for France’s Bastille Day celebrations, which is kind of like French Independence Day. The most notable event was probably when a marching band played a Daft Punk medley that Macron seemed to love and Trump seemed to either hate or just not understand.
— Simon Cullen (@Simon_Cullen) July 14, 2017
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) July 14, 2017
Macron forcing Trump to sit through a Daft Punk medley is so fantastically French https://t.co/WS6upP9hH9
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) July 14, 2017
Now you’re all caught up on that whirl-wind day and a half Trump spent in Paris with Emmanuel Macron. Wow, we’re going to need a nap after that one.