Donald Trump 'such good shape' comment riles tweeters
DONALD Trump has been captured on video commenting on the body of the French President's wife, telling her she is in "such good shape".
Trump watchers have zeroed in on the moment, which was caught 54 minutes into a Facebook Live video published on Emmanuel Macron's official page.
"You're in such good shape ... beautiful," the US President remarks as he looks Brigitte Macron, 64, up and down. He then repeats the compliment to Mr Macron, 39.
Mrs Macron's reaction is not visible in the video, but she leaves with US First Lady Melania Trump soon after the comment. Twitter's reaction, however, has been clear.
Mr Trump and Mrs Macron had another uncomfortable moment earlier in the day when she went in for a handshake and he went in for a hug, before awkwardly gripping onto her hand.
It sounds like he is admiring a horse, "She's in such good physical shape" Mr. President next time just say "You look lovely" SMH 🤦♀️— Wendy (@wendy_soxy1girl) July 13, 2017
The US President is in Paris to mark Bastille Day, France's national day, and to meet with Mr Macron.
Mr Trump, 71, and Melania, 47, have the same 24-year age gap as the French President and his wife.
"You're in such good shape," said no one about the Trump presidency. #paris— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) July 13, 2017
'MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT MEETING'
At a later press conference, Mr Trump offered a new defence of his son over his controversial meeting with a Russian operative.
The US President said gathering opposition research on rivals during an election campaign was standard practice and that "most people would have taken that meeting".
He said his son was a "wonderful young man" and that "nothing happened" as a result of the meeting.
Mr Trump also indicated that there was some wriggle room on America's withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, one of the US's main points of disagreement with France.
"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord," he said at the press conference while standing next to Mr Macron.
But he also said that if it didn't happen "that will be OK too".
Both leaders said they were great friends and Mr Macron said he and Mr Trump had managed to look past their "occasional disagreements" to focus on their countries' long-lasting alliance.
Mr Trump's visit to Paris got off to a chaotic start after the leader was separated from his motorcade arriving from Paris airport on Thursday morning.
The tail end of the group of cars took a wrong turn, drove onto oncoming traffic and barely dodged pedestrians, with the media not able to document Mr Trump's arrival to the US ambassador's residence.
Once things got back on track, Mr Trump travelled to meet US military members and Mr Macron ahead of Bastille Day celebrations on Friday.
He was received with military honours at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris where the tombs of French World War I commander Marshal Ferdinand Foch and Napoleon Bonaparte lie.
Ahead of the visit, local media speculated that Mr Trump's previous harsh criticism of France following recent terror attacks could come back to haunt him.
The prolific tweeter-in-chief has lashed France a number of times online saying police were "afraid to go into many communities" after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015.
He has also used the terror attacks to highlight "weak leaders, ridiculous laws" and said "France is no longer France" due to the amount of immigration in the country.
However, Mr Trump expressed confidence that Mr Macron would be able to turn these perceptions around, praising him as a strong leader.
"You have a great leader, a tough president," Mr Trump said during a press conference. "He's not going to be easy on people who are breaking the law."
He then turned to Mr Macron and added: "You better do a good job, please. Otherwise, you're going to make me look bad."
Mr Macron said before the two leaders' meeting that the Western world had been "cracking since the American election" and the US still needed France.
"Europe is a necessity" the French President said, after Mr Trump expressed doubts about climate, the World Trade Organisation and multilateralism.
This is Mr Trump's first visit to France as leader.
It comes after the two leaders met at the G20 event in Hamburg last week, where Mr Trump also held his first bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he reportedly confronted him about attempts to interfere in the US election.
The pair will dine with their wives at the Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower Thursday night.
The menu could include sea bream, tiny artichokes and blue lobster - vastly different from Trump's standard fare of steaks and diet coke.
On Thursday, US First Lady Melania Trump visited Necker Hospital where she spoke to children in French, telling them they looked "very strong". Later in the day, she toured Notre Dame and the Seine river with the French First Lady.
FIRESTORM AT HOME
The meeting comes as the US leader is engulfed in a political storm unfolding at home after his son, Donald Jr, published emails showing he had clearly expressed interest in receiving "private and confidential" information regarding Hillary Clinton from what was told was a Russian government source.
Donald Jr invited then campaign manager Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law Jared Kushner to the meeting. They later said the information did not come to pass and it proved to be a waste of time.
However the emails are the most direct link yet between purported Russian government sources and a member of Mr Trump's immediate family. The Russian government claims to have no knowledge of the lawyer.
In the US, the revelation has been described as a "Category 5 hurricane" with White House staffers blindsided by news of the meeting.
The President has doubled down to defend his son, saying he is "open, transparent and innocent".
"This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!" he tweeted.
The newly named nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Christopher Wray, defended the investigation into the conduct of Mr Trump's aides, saying he did not think it was a "witch hunt".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told politicians to "call the FBI" if they found themselves in the situation where a foreign power attempted to intervene in the election.