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In a moment of exasperation Macron let Trump know what everyone thinks

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I didn't expect the meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump at NATO this morning to resonate with me on a deep, personal level. Why should I? We’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? World leaders (usually white men) sit down and speak in front of TV cameras, assuming the strangely spread-out, tie-between-the-thighs stance that passes as a power pose these days, at various summits across the world, and we feel nothing. Words are exchanged. Headlines are written. The world moves collectively on.

But today, something different happened. Macron arrived, having previously decried NATO’s “brain death” – a comment he stood by in front of Trump, even though the US president had already publicly called it “nasty”. He sat beside the president, perhaps somewhat uncomfortably, and they started what should have been an unremarkable conversation. But then the topic of Isis fighters came up – and Macron snapped.

It was a presidential snap, but a snap nonetheless.

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After a journalist asked whether France should bring French Isis fighters back home, Trump turned to Macron and jokingly – once upon a time, the US president joking about Isis fighters would have been headline news, but Trump has been in the White House for almost three years and we’ve grown sadly accustomed to such highjinks – asked his French counterpart: "Would you like some nice Isis fighters? You........

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