US President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president’s wife’s appearance Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark.
Video footage posted on the French government’s official Facebook page showed Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and their wives chatting after their tour of the museums at Les Invalides.
As they were saying their good-byes, Trump turned to Brigitte Macron and gestured toward her body.
“You know, you’re in such good shape,” Trump said, before repeating the observation to her husband. “Beautiful,” he added.
Brigitte Macron was her husband’s former high school teacher and their relationship has drawn international attention because of their significant age difference. But feminists and President Macron have denounced that attention as sexist, arguing that nobody would blink an eye if he were the older spouse. The Macrons’ age difference is identical to that of Donald and Melania Trump, who were spending two days in Paris in celebration of Bastille Day.
Here's that awkward handshake between Trump and France's Brigitte Macron. pic.twitter.com/5Ci6lAWuV6— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) July 13, 2017
Trump still mad because Emmanuel Macron crushed his tiny hand in Brussels. So today Trump tried to arm wrestle Macron's wife. And she won. pic.twitter.com/OOeIOxdHhi — Ryan Adams (@filmystic) July 13, 2017
Trump has drawn criticism in the past for comments some say objectify and demean women, including the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women and boasted, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”