Trump congratulates Macron on ‘big win’ in French election

President Trump congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his landslide victory over Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist favored by Trump, in Sunday’s French presidential election.

“Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France,” Trump tweeted. “I look very much forward to working with him!”

The White House released a slightly longer congratulatory statement:

 

We congratulate President-elect 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.

 

Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker who started his own centrist party a year ago, will now become France’s youngest leader since Napoleon.

His victory brought relief to those who feared Le Pen — whose anti-immigration, “France-first” policies mirrored Trump’s — would ride the wave of populism that led to both the Brexit vote and Trump’s election.

Last week, former President Barack Obama formally endorsed Macron in a video message while referencing what was at stake.

“The French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about,” Obama said. “Because the success of France matters to the entire world.”

President Trump gestures as he speaks in the White House Rose Garden on Friday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Before last month’s first round of voting, Trump said Le Pen was “the strongest” candidate on immigration and terrorism but denied that he was delivering an official endorsement.

Le Pen, Trump said, was “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France,” language he has used to describe terrorist attacks in Paris.

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