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French President Macron on a "terrible" reputation with Trump: Do not worry about how the sausage is made



  • French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump made a "terrible" phone call on Friday.
  • Macron was asked during a press conference after the uncomfortable phone call.
  • Macron diverted the question by referring to Otto von Bismarck's famous quote comparing laws to making sausages
  • "As Bismarck said, if we tell people how to make sausages, it's unlikely that they will continue to eat them, "said Macron.

Employee of French President Emmanuel Macron adds a bit of culinary humor to distract questions about a tense conversation with US President Donald Trump.

According to a CNN report, White House staff described Macron's call with Trump as "dreadful" last week as the conversation turned to the recent decision by the US president to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union.

Asked after the telephone conversation during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron referred to the famous, albeit apocryphic, letter on the legislative process of the Prussian leader Otto von Bismarck from the 19th century.

" As Bismarck said, if we explain to people how sausages are made, they are unlikely to continue eating them," said the French president. "So I like it when people see the finished meal, but I'm not convinced the kitchen commentary will help deliver or eat the food."

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A military honor guard awaits the beginning of the official ceremony of the arrival of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the Southern White House lawn in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump stands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L ) during the official ceremony of Macron's arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron to a White House ceremony in Washington, USA on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend a Welcome Ceremony at the White House in Washington, USA, on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a welcoming ceremony at the White House in Washington, USA on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at First Lady Melania Trump, the host of the official ceremony for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque [19659019] US President Donald Trump speaks as he and First Lady Melania Trump conduct the official ceremony of the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) on the southern lawn of the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018 REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump talks to French President Emmanuel Macron (L) during the official ceremony of the arrival of Macron on the southern lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst 19659021] US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron hear the national anthems at a White House ceremony in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) review a military honor guard at the official ceremony of the arrival of Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst [19659023] US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during a White House ceremony in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg [19659023] French President Emmanuel Macron beckons as he stands on the Truman balcony with US President Donald Trump during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the Southern White House lawn in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque [19659024] US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron at a White House ceremony in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron attend one Ceremony part of The White House in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the US First Lady Melania Trump, like his wife Brigitte Macron at the official ceremony of the arrival of the Macrons by US President Donald Trump (not pictured) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, April 24, 2018 REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk the White House Colonnade after the official ceremony of Macron's arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, April 24 2018. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque [19659029] Emmanuel Macron, France's president, center, listens as US President Donald Trump, left, arrives during a state visit to the Southern White House lawn in Washington, DC, USA, on the left Tuesday, April 24, 2018, speaks. French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on Monday for a three-day visit to Washington focusing on symbolism and substance. Donald Trump is hosting the first official state visit of his presidency. Photographer: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg on Getty Images

French First Lady Brigitte Macron and French President Emmanuel Macron go with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump to Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, April 23, 2018. (Photo Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron Planting a Tree as First Lady Melania Trump and Macron's wife Brigitte Macron look at the South Lawn at the White House on Monday, April 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post on Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron driving in a golf cart on Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia , 23 April 2018. (Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP / Getty Images)

(LR): French First Lady Brigitte Macron, French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Mount Vernon, Virginia on April 23, 2018, in Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President, George Washington. (Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP / Getty) Pictures)




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Macron and other EU leaders are trying to push Trump over the recent tariffs to avoid a total trade war.

The White House Friday ad was vague, referring only to Trump's remark about "the need to rebalance trade with Europe." By contrast, the French report stated that Macron insisted that the new tariffs were "illegal".

The call attracted attention following the CNN report, in which White House sources said that Macron's harsh words for Trump did not fare well.

"Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind based on the relationship," said a CNN source. "But Trump can not handle being so criticized."

The meat-based distraction of Macron underlines a changing dynamic in a mostly close relationship. Macron was the first foreign leader to make an official state visit to the White House, and the couple's intense handshake became famous.

But Trump's recent political decisions, especially the tariffs, have once threatened a merry pairing.

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