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As French President Emmanuel Macron today begins his State Visit with President Trump, a source who has watched the two men in action tells Axios' Jonathan Swan that Macron, a former investment banker, treats Trump like a "prized client" — with a combination of flattery, attentiveness and wariness.
Trump this week is Continental Man, hosting a private dinner with Macron at Mount Vernon tonight; a press conference with the French leader tomorrow, followed by the first State Dinner of the 15-month-old administration; and then on Friday, a White House meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Why this matters: Trump's relationships with these two leaders — genuinely warm and close with Macron, somewhat distant and occasionally tense with Merkel — illuminate Trump's theory of foreign relations:
Here's the cream of Jonathan's take-you-there reporting about Trump's interactions with Macron and Merkel:
🇫🇷 Soon after President Trump announced last June that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, he began telling foreign leaders he wanted to re-negotiate America's re-entry into the deal:
🇩🇪 Germany's Angela Merkel is, by disposition and culture, not as warm as Macron:
"For generations of Americans, working for a state or local government — as a teacher, firefighter, bus driver or nurse — provided a comfortable nook in the middle class," the N.Y. Times' Patricia Cohen and Robert Gebeloff write in the paper's lead story:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Eldon Johnson, 40, a state employee who cares for children with cerebral palsy and autism in Norman, Okla., eight hours a day, then works overnight at a better-paying private mental health center:
James Shaw Jr. shows the hand that was injured when he disarmed the shooter (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)
James Shaw Jr., 29, cried at least four times yesterday after he wrestled an AR-15 rifle from a shooter (still at large) who had killed four at a Nashville Waffle House, The Tennessean's Jason Gonzales reports:
More than 170 Cub Scout packs nationwide are participating in an early adopter program as the Boy Scouts of America begins welcoming girls into the organization in new ways, AP's Holly Ramer reports:
The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe explores the tumultuous White House tenure of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster — through interviews with friends, colleagues, and current and former National Security Council staffers — and reports on what lies ahead with John Bolton at the helm:
With his trademark (non)-punctuation, Bremmer writes Axios future editor Steve LeVine:
Acknowledging her own hard times with the media, Hillary Clinton last night defended press freedom abroad and at home, praising Pulitzer Prize winners and even saying nice things about The Washington Post.
Delivering the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the PEN America World Voices Festival in New York, Clinton said:
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Conceptual scoop from Axios' Amy Harder in her weekly energy column, "Harder Line": President Trump is directing his administration to prop up financially struggling coal and nuclear power plants to ensure the electricity grid is resilient and reliable, but government data and most objective experts say there is no such problem.
"Tencent Music Entertainment Group, China’s largest music-streaming company, is preparing what would be one of the biggest technology IPOs ever following the successful debut of its European counterpart, Spotify Technology SA," The Wall Street Journal's Maureen Farrell and Julie Steinberg report on A1 (subscription):
Last night was Broadway opening night for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" (Parts 1 and 2) ... Hollywood Reporter rave by David Rooney: