French President Emmanuel Macron isn't disclosing details of his phone call last week with U.S. President Donald Trump, after an unnamed source told CNN television it went badly. According to CNN " s anonymous "sources familiar with the call, ' it was "just bad, it was awful".
On Monday, CNN reported that while speaking on the phone, Macron and Trump focused on trade and migration issues, with the French president criticizing POTUS's policies. "But Trump can't handle being criticized like that", CNN quoted an unidentified source as saying.
Trump last week slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, a move that free trade supporters said could spark a trade war, which Trump had said would be "easy to win".
The tariffs were first announced in March but several countries received temporary exemptions.
Mr Macron ended on a hopeful note by insisting he was looking forward to "useful" and "frank" talks with Trump at the G-7 summit in Canada taking place on June 8 and 9.
The tariffs were widely condemned, and - in a public statement before the call - Macron called them illegal and "a mistake on many points".
The White House released a statement confirming the call about migration and trade.
"The Prime Minister raised the USA decision to apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminum imports, which she said was unjustified and deeply disappointing", the statement said.
The tariffs include a 25 percent penalty on steel and a 10 percent penalty on aluminum, both of which were implemented last Thursday.
In a readout of the call, the White House said Trump "further underscored the need to rebalance trade with Europe". Macron has boasted of his "Trump whisperer" abilities, claiming he has a "very direct relationship" with the USA president, and that it was he who convinced Trump to keep United States troops in Syria "for the long term". "He is. Sometimes I manage to convince him, and sometimes I fail", Macron said at the time. "It is a mistake because it responds to a worldwide imbalance that exists in the worst ways through fragmentations and economic nationalism", Macron stated, adding that "if these kinds of things impacted our relations, it would have been the case since day one because he has made a decision to leave the Paris (climate) agreement".