US President Donald Trump has reportedly tried to persuade his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to pull his country out of the European Union in return for better bilateral trade terms.
According to a report by the Washington Post, Trump made the suggestion during a private meeting at the White House in late April, while he and Macron were discussing trade.
At one point, he asked Macron, “Why don’t you leave the E.U.?” the Post cited two European officials as saying.
Trump also said that if France exited the union, Washington would offer Paris a better trade deal than the EU, the paper added.
Meanwhile, the White House did not dispute the officials’ account, but declined to comment.
Also, it is not clear whether Trump made the comment as a joke or as a serious attempt to undermine the bloc.
Trump has also praised Britain for its push to leave the EU and offered London a great transatlantic trade deal after Brexit.