President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday to congratulate Emmanuel Macron on his overwhelming victory in the French presidential election.
Trump congratulated Macron on his “big win” in the second round of voting and said he looks forward to working with France’s new leader. He didn’t immediately extend an invitation for Macron to visit the White House.
Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017
Macron, 39, defeated Marine Le Pen to become the youngest president in the 59-year history of the French Fifth Republic.
A White House statement congratulated “Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election.
“We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government,” the statement added.
Trump had not expressed support for either candidate in France’s election, although he predicted last month that an attack on police officers in Paris could help Le Pen because she is “the strongest on borders.”
Macron’s embrace of globalization won him an unusually high-profile endorsement last week from former President Barack Obama. An aide to Obama said Sunday he was not expected to comment on the day of the results.
“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama said in a video…