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Trump Tweets Macron:' Congratulations ... Look Forward to Working With Him!'

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By    |   Sunday, 07 May 2017 03:41 PM

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations Sunday afternoon to Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected president of France.

"Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!" Trump tweeted.

Macron, a former investment banker, defeated far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in France's elections on Sunday by around 65 percent to 35 percent at the time polls closed. Macron, a centrist, will bring a business-friendly vision for France to replace current President Francois Hollande's unpopular Socialist government.

Trump issued tweets prior to the election, but did not endorse either candidate. On April 21, the president tweeted, "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!" which some saw as implying tacit endorsement for Le Pen. However, it was followed two days later by "Very interesting election currently taking place in France."

Macron also is a firm supporter of the European Union, easing fears of efforts to break away from the EU as LePen indicated she might be willing to consider.

Macron will become the eighth, and youngest, president of France's Fifth Republic and is the country's youngest leader since Napoleon. He served two years as economy minister, but has never previously held elected office. He will be inaugurated next weekend.

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