Macron: ‘Trump Is Not a Classical Politician’

The French President Emanuel Macron expressed his outrage in an interview for BBC this Sunday regarding President Donald Trump’s remarks calling Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations “shithole countries.”

As first reported by The Washington Post Trump allegedly told lawmakers at a meeting on immigration that he didn’t understand why the U.S. should welcome people from “shithole countries,” rather than from places like Norway. Trump later tweeted that “this was not the language used.”

“It’s not a word you can use. We have to respect all the countries,” Macron said to the BBC host Andrew Marr.

“I think a lot of our issues in both the Middle East and in Africa is due to a lot of frustrations due to a lot of past humiliations,” Macron added.

According to The Hill, earlier this month, House Democrats unveiled a resolution to censure Trump following the reports of his comments. The censure resolution condemns Trump for remarks it says are “hateful, discriminatory and racist, and cannot and should not be the basis of any American policy.”

Macron also described Trump as “not a classical politician,” and said their relationship was “very good,” and “very direct.”

“He was elected by the American people. I want to work with him,” the French president commented.

When Macron was asked if he worries about Trump’s frequent tweets, Macron responded: “I think we should not overplay the situation and these tweets.”

Since Trump was elected, Macron has expressed a will to work with the American president on issues concerning security and counter-terrorism. However, the French president largely criticized Trump’s act to leave the Paris climate accord as well as his resolve to back off from the nuclear deal with Iran.

During the interview with BBC, Macron warned Trump that the Paris climate change accord was “not renegotiable.”

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