French President Emmanuel Macron has taken over some tricks from Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal” to address the expanding trade row between transatlantic allies, Axios reported, citing an anonymous source.
During a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of this month’s NATO summit in Brussels, Trump reportedly suggested that Macron tell EU leaders to negotiate trade issues with the United States, but Macron smilingly refused.
"I read the Art of the Deal. I know that we need to retaliate first so we have some leverage in the negotiation," Macron replied.
In another development, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said last week that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's visit to the United States on July 25 would focus on de-escalating the Brussels-Washington trade tensions.