After President Donald Trump was elected, many European leaders suggested they needed to take on the burden of leading the free world. Two handshakes exemplified the toss-up between big-league European leaders — France and Germany. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Trump in Washington last year, she snubbed his handshake, and offered to stand up against American exceptionalism. Now on his first official state visit with President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron emphatically shook Trump’s hand, and committed to the two countries leading “contemporary multilateralism.”
Maxime Larive, senior research associate at the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins Worldview host Jerome McDonnell to discuss Macron’s relationship with President Trump.