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Trump’s phone call with Macron described as ‘terrible’

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WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a joint press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, April 24, 2018. Macron is on a state visit to the United States from Monday to Wednesday. (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin/IANS)

The call with Macron came the same day the US announced a unilateral decision to slap steel and aluminium tariffs on American allies, including Mexico, Canada, and the European Union

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron (not in the picture) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, April 24, 2018. Macron is on a state by Xinhua.

A phone call between US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron has been described as being “terrible” after the latter candidly criticised the former’s policies, a media report said.

“Just bad. It was terrible,” an informed source told CNN on Monday.

“Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can’t handle being criticised like that.”

A White House statement said the call on May 31 with Macron was focused on trade and immigration.

“Both leaders discussed the migration problem in Libya, and timelines to solve it. President Trump underscored the need to rebalance trade with Europe,” the statement said.

The call with Macron came the same day the US announced a unilateral decision to slap steel and aluminium tariffs on American allies, including Mexico, Canada, and the European Union, CNN reported.

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2018 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron (Front) addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C., the United States, on April 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by Xinhua.

In a statement issued by the Elysee Palace ahead of the call, Macron said he “regrets the US decision to confirm tariffs in steel and aluminium.”

“This decision is not only illegal, it is a mistake on many points. It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide unbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism,” it added.

Trump held a similar call with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, the two leaders discussed the tariffs as well as other matters.