Trump: France Has 'A Tough President'

By Melanie Arter | July 13, 2017 | 3:30 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - During a joint press briefing in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, President Donald Trump praised the city and its president, saying that Macron would be "a tough president," who would not go easy on lawbreakers.

In February, while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Trump explained that his friend "Jim" told the president that "Paris is no longer Paris," given the spate of terrorist attacks the city has suffered recently.


During Thursday's briefing, Trump was asked, "You've mentioned the friend Jim, who told you that Paris is no longer Paris. You were implying at the time that Paris was not safe anymore. You've also said that France and Germany are infected by terrorism, and 'it's their fault, because they let people enter their territory.' Those are very strong words. Would you repeat them today, and do you still believe that France is not able to fight terrorism on its own territory?"

"It's going to be just fine, because you have a great president," Trump said, referring to Macron. "You have somebody who's gonna run this country right, and I would be willing to bet - 'cause I think this is one of the great cities, one of the most beautiful cities in the world - and you have a great leader now. 

"You have a great president. You have a tough president. He's not going to be easy on people that are breaking the laws and people that show this tremendous violence, so I really have a feeling that you're gonna have a very, very peaceful and beautiful Paris, and I'm coming back," Trump added.

"You better do a good job, please. Otherwise, you're going to make me look very bad," Trump said to Macron, to which Macron replied: "You're always welcome."