Macron condemns violence at May 1 French rallies

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She recently spent time with Melania Trump during a three-day visit to the White House, and now French first lady Brigitte Macron has publicly revealed how sorry she feels for her U.S. counterpart in a telling interview.

While there will be no fancy state dinner, Merkel was expected to echo numerous concerns that were raised by Macron about USA positions on trade and foreign policy during her Oval Office meeting and working lunch with Trump.

Macron has been lobbying Trump not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, which Stefanik said she did not support.

While Macron and Trump went to great lengths to display their professed affection through hearty handshakes, hugs - and, at times, air kisses - the president did not demonstrate the same chemistry with Merkel.

This comes as a deadline looms next month for Trump to decide on whether to restore U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran - something which could destroy the 2015 agreement which lifted some sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

In a joint press conference, Trump and Merkel took questions from reporters after their discussions.

The Macron state visit had been long planned, while Merkel's more informal working visit was added to the schedule so her trip to Washington would be her first outside Europe since her recent election victory.

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Macron and Turnbull had navigated their way through several sensitive diplomatic issues at a news conference in Sydney on Wednesday, only for the president to make the lingual slip while making closing remarks in English.

"The most recent example of that was the US strikes in Syria supported by both France and the United Kingdom", she said in a telephone conversation with The Post-Star.

Merkel struggled to maintain her usual, poker-faced demeanor during the meandering news conference.

At yesterday's news conference, Trump repeated his demand that all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners contribute at least 2 percent of their GDP to defense spending, including Germany.

Clearly getting along with Melania, Brigitte explains how the "kind, charming, intelligent and very open" Melania puts on a very different persona to the world.

Another matter on which she and Macron disagree with President Trump is his removal of the United States from the Paris climate accord.

Mr Turnbull said after a meeting with Mr Macron that the agreement was the "best option available". "For all we know, she might be able to win him over".

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