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CNN: Trump-Macron Had 'Terrible' Tariff Phone Call

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President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the state dinner in April. (Reuters)

Monday, 04 June 2018 10:41 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump had a "terrible" phone conversation last week about trade and tariffs, CNN is reporting.  

It was during that conversation Macron told Trump that his new U.S. tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are illegal and a "mistake."

That reportedly did not sit well with Trump.

"Just bad. It was terrible," a source told CNN. "Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can't handle being criticized like that."

Macron's office said in a statement Friday that the two presidents spoke by phone after Trump's administration announced the decision Thursday to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum.

"This decision is not only illegal, it is a mistake on many points. It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide unbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism," the statement read. 

"I prefer to say things directly and not through the press; and I will tell him what I told you, which are my convictions that he knows already," Macron said in the statement.

The White House also confirmed the call between the global powers. 

"Both leaders discussed the migration problem in Libya, and timelines to solve it. President Trump underscored the need to rebalance trade with Europe," the White House said in a statement.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump had a "terrible" phone conversation last week about trade and tariffs, CNN is reporting. It was during that conversation Macron told Trump that his new U.S. tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are...
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