When asked to comment on the Washington Post's report, claiming that US President Donald Trump offered his French counterpart a lucrative bilateral trade deal if Paris agreed to withdraw from the EU, President Emmanuel Macron stated, "What was said in the room, stays in the room."
According to the newspaper, citing European officials, during his April 24 meeting with Macron at the White House, Trump told him: “Why don’t you leave the EU?”
He then offered France a bilateral trade agreement with “better terms than the EU as a whole gets from the United States.”
The White House declined to comment on the Washington Post’s reports, but did not dispute the account.
The details of President Trump’s April 24 meeting with Macron come amid fears of a looming trade war following Washington’s move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico.
In March, the United States introduced a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent levy on aluminum imports.
EU countries responded to Washington’s move by slapping a 25 percent tax on 2.8 billion euros’ worth of US-made goods.