French President Emmanuel Macron read U.S. President Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” prior to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in July, and even used techniques outlined in the book to advance dealmaking with Trump.
While discussing the escalating trade dispute between the United States and members of the European Union, Trump asked Macron to recommend to the EU that it negotiate with the U.S. over the imposed tariffs, according to Axios. Macron declined, citing Trump’s book as an explanation of his negotiation tactic.
“I read ‘The Art of the Deal,'” Macron reportedly told Trump. “I know that we need to retaliate first so we have some leverage in the negotiation.” (RELATED: Macron Denies Reports That Trump Threatened To Pull Out Of NATO)
Macron was referring to a business advice book that Trump published with journalist Tony Schwartz in 1987. After it was released, the book reached #1 on The New York Time Best Seller list where it remained for 13 weeks in a row.
Following the 2016 presidential election, Schwartz has publicly spoken out against Trump and expressed regret for co-authoring the book.
“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is,” Schwartz said in 2016. “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
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