French president Emmanuel Macron made it clear that when it comes to diplomacy, he prefers "direct conversation" over Twiter.
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, recently sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for an interview that aired this Saturday. During the interview, the politician discussed a myriad of topics, including his thoughts on a particular tweet made by American President Donald Trump.
The tweet in question was made as Trump arrived in Paris ahead of an international event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I this Friday. “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia," Trump wrote. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly!” Trump's words were a response to a recent appearance by Macron on French radio in which he said, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron said on French radio.
Macron is apparently not as big as a fan of debating political matters on Twitter as Donald Trump. He told CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, “I always prefer having direct discussion or answering questions than making my diplomacy through tweets." He went on to reveal that despite Trump's tweets, the two politicians actually shared a cordial exchange that day revealing, “We had a very good discussion this morning and he confirmed in front of the press that he was OK."