Trump & Macron engage in fierce handshake battle during first meeting

President Macron said he respected President Trump's decision to put the Paris agreements under review.

The awkwardness may stem from Trump's tacit support of Macron's rival Marine Le Pen during the French election.

Trump, whose own election previous year shocked the pollsters, said Macron "ran an incredible campaign and had a tremendous victory".

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.

Le Pen also visited Trump Tower in January, where she hosted a campaign fundraiser organized by Italian businessman George Lombardi - a Trump Tower resident, Mar-a-Lago member, Citizens for Trump co-founder, and self-described liaison between Trump and far-right parties in Europe.

Trump has said the deadly attack in Manchester on Monday showed the threat had to be met and defeated but faces pressure from Britain after key details of the investigation were leaked in the USA press.

In the footage shared on Macron's own Twitter feed, the new French President can be seen walking towards a gaggle of world leaders at yesterday's (Thursday) Nato summit in Brussels, including Angela Merkel and Mr Trump.

French diplomats had said beforehand that President Macron would use the meeting to try to convince President Trump to stick to a global deal to combat climate change.

When NATO leaders greeted President Macron at the new alliance headquarters later, President Macron pointedly headed straight for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, embracing her and shaking the hand of NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg before another muscular handshake with President Trump. Trump also said he didn't endorse Le Pen, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity. Whatever views he may have expressed privately are unknown. But Trump may disappoint on a key worldwide issue facing him after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings: the Paris Agreement.

"She's the strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France", Trump said in the Oval Office interview.

Trump called Macron after his resounding victory. Former President Barack Obama endorsed Macron.

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