President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife on Thursday that she is “beautiful” and appears to be “in such good shape.”
Trump made the comments to Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, and her husband after they toured Les Invalides museum along with first lady Melania Trump. The tour followed a formal welcome ceremony and came before bilateral talks at Élysée Palace, the French presidential residence.
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Brigitte Macron, 64, is 24 years older than her husband — the same age gap that exists between the 71-year-old Trump and 47-year-old Melania.
The remarks were caught on a video of the tour, which was live-streamed by the French government on Macron’s Facebook page.
Trump has previously come under fire for his comments objectifying women.
On June 28, the president interrupted an Oval Office phone call with the new prime minister of Ireland to flirt with a female reporter.
“Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press,” Trump said to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as he gestured for the journalist, Caitriona Perry, to come over to his desk.
“She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well,” Trump told Varadkar.
The next day, Trump drew widespread criticism for a bizarre tweet about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance, claiming she had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on New Year’s Eve.
During the his presidential campaign, Trump sparked a similar firestorm when he said after the first Republican primary debate that moderator Megyn Kelly appeared to have “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
At the debate, Kelly had questioned Trump about his history of making disparaging comments about women’s looks.
“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” Kelly told Trump. “You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct,” he replied.
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