Brigitte Macron ‘Higher Quality’ Than Expected, Trump Says

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PARIS—President Donald Trump, in what many are calling an international gaffe and a sexist comment, called Brigitte Marcon, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, “very high quality” and in fact “higher quality” than he expected.

“The First Lady of our strong friend and ally France is in good shape and you can tell she’s a quality person, very beautiful, the highest quality,” Trump said yesterday during his meeting with President Macron and his wife.

Trump was in France with his wife, Melania, to celebrate Bastille Day with the French people. “I know a lot of quality people,” Trump said. “The best high quality. I would certainly put the First Lady of France in that group. I put my wife in that group, too, of couse. There are a lot of people in that group.”

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In addition to his wife, Trump has put his son Donald Jr. in that group, tweeting three days ago that his son was a “quality person” and one whose transparency was deserving of praise. In his tweet, Trump applauded his son for sharing emails he exchanged last year on a meeting to learn about Russian intelligence on Trump’s Democratic opponent in the presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

At the meeting here, Trump also referenced the issue of transparency, but it wasn’t immediately clear what it was in reference to, although talk of the First Lady’s dress came up. “Transparency is a good thing,” he said. “We need more of it. I like to see what’s behind the scenes, so to speak, as I’m sure anyone would.”

Critics were quick to seize on Trump’s remarks as evidence that the one-time playboy has not changed his ways. “Once again we see that Trump objectifies women, does not take them seriously,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “French First Lady Macron is an accomplished professional and not just eye candy for a person whose high office should serve as a check on boorish behavior.”

In defense of Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity said the president’s remarks were harmless. “There’s no story here,” he said. “It’s just people sizing each other up, and in the president’s estimation, the French First Lady simply measured up—as I presume the American First Lady did to President Macron. I’m sure the wives, when they had their tea together, enjoyed the attention. What woman doesn’t like to be complimented by men, especially an important man like the president?”

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