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Report: Trump Suggested Macron Leave EU

Report: Trump Suggested Macron Leave EU
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:34 PM

President Donald Trump proposed French President Emmanuel Macron leave the European Union — suggesting he would get a better bilateral trade deal for France in return, according to The Washington Post on Thursday.

In commentary for the news outlet, columnist Josh Rogin, citing two unnamed European officials, said the president approached the subject during a private meeting at the White House in late April.

"At one point, he asked Macron, 'Why don't you leave the EU?' and said that if France exited the union, Trump would offer it a bilateral trade deal with better terms than the EU as a whole gets from the United States," Rogan wrote.

The White House did not dispute the account, but declined to comment, Rogin reported.

Rogin wrote the proposal not only "reveals a basic lack of understanding of Macron's views and those of the people who elected him," but also was "an instance of the president of the United States offering an incentive to dismantle an organization of America's allies, against stated U.S. government policy."

"Trump has been trashing the EU and NATO since his campaign, but the pace and viciousness of his attacks have increased," Rogin argued, including by complaining about a $150 billion trade deficit with the EU, which Rogin alleged is inflated.

"Trump doesn't believe in the continued sanctity of the European Union and NATO, as well as the United States' commitment to both," Rogin wrote.

According to Rogin, Trump's "intentional and egregious actions to undermine the EU, NATO, and the United States' relationship with both can no longer be discounted, rationalized or seen as anything but what they are — a brazen attempt to undo the strategic infrastructure both America and Europe need more than ever."

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Suggesting he would get a better bilateral trade deal for France in return, according to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump proposed French President Emmanuel Macron leave the European Union.
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