President Donald Trump fielded a tough questions from a French reporter at his joint press conference with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday.
After first asking Macron a question on Syria, the reporter turned to Trump, asking about the president’s friend “Jim” who he often references in speeches as a man scared of visiting Paris.
“You’ve mentioned a friend, Jim, who told you that Paris is no longer Paris,” the reporter said. “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?” the reporter asked. “And do you still believe that France is not able to fight terrorism on its own territory?”
“You better let me answer that one first, that’s a beauty,” a smiling Trump said, before lauding the French president:
“You know what, it’s going to be just fine, because you have a great president,” he said. “You have somebody that’s going to run this country right, and I would be willing to bet — because I think that 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 going to have a very, very peaceful and beautiful Paris. And I’m coming back.”
Trump then turned to Macron, adding “you better do a good job please, otherwise you’re going to make me look very bad.”
“And you’re always welcome,” Macron replied.
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