Trump sides with French victor, at least now

"Congratulations, great job", Trump said."You were my guy", Trump told the new French president when they met for the first time in Brussels, the French presidency official said.Macron, without his wife Brigitte, was greeted on the doorstep of the U.S. ambassador's residence by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump told Macron it was an honor to be with him, saying he had run "an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory". All over the world, they're talking about it.

"She's the strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France", Trump said in the Oval Office interview.

The symbolic face-off continued later in the day at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, as Macron approached a group of other leaders and made Trump wait, firstly exchanging greetings with Merkel, the head of the Western military bloc, and others.

Later, Macron took to Twitter to share his experience about meeting Trump. "New York Magazine writes that Trudeau "one-upped" Trump in the handshake game".

The White House was quick enough to release a statement soon after the meeting stating that the discussion focused on the Syrian crisis, security and counter-terrorism issues. Then, the highly anticipated moment of truth came: The two went in for the handshake.

Trump denied he supported National Front's Le Pen in France's election.

While Le Pen had echoed some of Trump's hardline rhetoric on immigration, the US leader's words of support were surprising.

But as a 39-year-old who has never held elected office, Macron clearly was excited about the appearance with the USA president, which cemented his status as a new global player - and as a formidable hand-shaker. On the contrary, former President Barack Obama had endorsed Macron.

French diplomats had said beforehand that Macron would use the meeting to try to convince Trump to stick to a global deal to combat climate change.

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