Macron says handshake with Trump 'wasn't innocent'

Macron says handshake with Trump 'wasn't innocent'
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French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrance, Brazilian states to announce international effort to fight Amazon fires The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Ukraine, Russia agree to restart peace process MORE acknowledged to a French newspaper that his intense handshake with President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels "wasn't innocent," but instead was meant as a show of resolve, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

"One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either," he told Le Journal du Dimanche, according to the AP.

The handshake between Macron and Trump on Thursday drew attention for its visible intensity, with both pairs of knuckles turning white from pressure. 

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While Macron reportedly sought to convey strength with the handshake, he spoke fondly of Trump on Saturday after a Group of Seven summit in Italy, praising the U.S. president's "capacity to listen."

"I saw a leader with strong opinions on a number of subjects, which I share in part — the fight against terrorism, the willingness to keep our place in the family of nations — and with whom I have disagreements that we spoke about very calmly," he said, the news service reported.

"I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work," Macron added.