French President Emmanuel Macron joked Wednesday about an intimate moment he had with President Trump at the White House Tuesday.
“We have fought shoulder to shoulder many battles, starting with those that gave birth to the United States of America,” Macron said of the Franco-American relationship during a speech before a joint session of Congress. “Since then, we have shared a common vision for humanity.”
“Our two nations are rooted in the same soil, grounded in the same ideals of the American and French revolutions. We have worked together for the universal ideals of liberty, tolerance and equal rights.”
“In 1778 the French philosopher Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin met in Paris,” he continued. “John Adams tells the story that after they had shaken hands, they embraced each other by hugging one another in their arms and kissing each other’s cheeks. Can remind you of something.”
On Tuesday, President Trump ended his joint press conference with Macron by kissing him on the cheek and telling the room, “I like him a lot.”