Trump and Macron, once cast as adversaries, show they have much in common

For dinner on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron chose to dine with President Trump at Les Jules Verne, an opulent restaurant nestled in the Eiffel Tower that has earned a Michelin star yet still carries the reputation of being an overpriced tourist destination.

The extravagant meal capped off a day filled with frequent backslaps, handshakes, toothy smiles, knee pats, photo ops and a shared determination to find common ground.

Up until now, the relationship between these two world leaders has been largely defined by their stark differences — Trump vs. the international anti-Trump — and a defining moment occurred in May when the boyish 39-year-old French centrist fought for dominance in a white-knuckled handshake with the red-faced 71-year-old U.S. president as reporters and cameras looked on.

But as their presidencies slowly age, it is becoming clear the two leaders have a lot in common.

Both are political outsiders holding their first elected position who relish having defied their countries’ main political parties and maintain a contentious relationship with the media. Both have pledged to dramatically shake up the establishment and rid their capitals of power players and bureaucrats who have long wielded influence. Both have stressed business-friendly policies and promised to roll back regulations.

Both are seeking to confront terrorism with actions critics say could infringe on the freedoms of their

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-and-macron-once-cast-as-adversaries-show-they-have-much-in-common/2017/07/13/0ed71dda-67ea-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html

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