Macron Vows To Uphold ‘Contemporary Multilateralism’ With U.S. During Visit

President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron wave from the balcony of the White House during a State Arrival Ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron wave from the balcony of the White House during a State Arrival Ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo
President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron wave from the balcony of the White House during a State Arrival Ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron wave from the balcony of the White House during a State Arrival Ceremony at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Macron Vows To Uphold ‘Contemporary Multilateralism’ With U.S. During Visit

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.