Macron phone call went ‘terrible’

A phone call Thursday between Trump and Emmanuel Macron went south when the French president confronted the commander-in-chief over trade and immigration, a report said Monday. "Just bad. It was awful".

Two sources that spoke to CNN said President Macron incorrectly believed he would be able to "candidly" criticize Trump due to the relative closeness of their working relationship. "But Trump can't handle being criticized like that", CNN quoted an unidentified source as saying.

The call took place on the same day that the Trump administration slapped import tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, the European Union, and Canada.

The tariffs were first announced in March but several countries received temporary exemptions.

Macron stressed that there would be a European response, and the EU announced on Friday that it would cease trade negotiations with the United States and slap retaliatory tariffs on $3.3-billion worth of American products, including orange juice, peanut butter, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Macron said in a statement that he regrets the decision to lift the exemptions and impose tariffs, calling it illegal and "a mistake on many points".

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Trump held a similar call with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

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

The readout said: "Both leaders discussed the migration problem in Libya, and timelines to solve it".

Last week, Macron denounced the imposition of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum as "illegal", calling it a "mistake".

The White House did not immediately issue a readout of Trump's call with May.

In a statement issued by the Elysee Palace ahead of the call, Macron said he "regrets the U.S. decision to confirm tariffs in steel and aluminum". "It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide unbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism", the statement continued, with Macron adding that "if these kind of things impacted our relations, it would have been the case since day one because he has chose to leave the Paris (climate) agreement". "So, I like it when people see the finished meal, but I'm not convinced the kitchen commentary helps with delivering the meal or eating it", Macron told reporters.

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