Trump: Paris Terror Attack Will ‘Probably Help’ Marine Le Pen in Election


President Trump expanded upon his earlier tweet about how the terror attack in Paris––the attack that resulted in the death of one police officer––would have a “big effect” on the upcoming French presidential election.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump did not go so far as to endorse Marine Le Pen, but he did say the attack may boost her chances:

President Donald Trump says he believes Thursday’s attack in Paris will “probably help” far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s upcoming election… because she’s the candidate who is “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”

The AP report also notes that the president added “he’s not worried about emboldening terrorists by saying an attack can have an impact on a democratic election.”

After Trump won in November, Le Pen told CNN, “Donald Trump has made possible what was presented as completely impossible. So it’s a sign of hope for those who cannot bear wild globalization. They cannot bear the political life led by the elites.”

Yesterday, former President Barack Obama spoke with Le Pen’s chief opponent, Emmanuel Macron, over the phone yesterday (Macron even posted video from their call.) An Obama spokesperson said this was not a “formal endorsement” of Macron.

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