- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2017

President Trump on Monday called President-elect Emmanuel Macron of France to congratulate him on his election victory and reaffirm the historic alliance between their two countries.

Mr. Macron, a former finance minister who ran as a centrist, easily defeated right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen, whose populist message was compared to Mr. Trump‘s, in France’s presidential election Sunday.

In the phone call, Mr. Trump emphasized his desire to work closely with Mr. Macron in confronting shared challenges, and he noted the long and robust history of cooperation between the U.S. and its oldest ally, France, according to the White House.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron also agreed to meet during the NATO leaders meeting in Brussels later this month.

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