‘Such good shape’: Trump caught on tape rating French first lady Brigitte Macron
US President Donald Trump praised French first lady Brigitte Macron for being in “such good shape” on Thursday during his state visit to France, according to a video on the French government’s Facebook page.
Trump, 71, who has come under fire for his comments about women’s appearances, and his wife, Melania, 47, met French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte, 64, at Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French war heroes are buried.
After a tour, Trump turned to the French first lady, gestured toward her and said: “You’re in such good shape.”
"You're in such good shape," Pres. Trump tells French first lady Brigitte Macron, before noting the same about Mrs. Macron to Pres. Macron. pic.twitter.com/pRrG2WnBPj
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 13, 2017
After repeating the comment to the president, Trump turned back to Brigitte Macron and said: “Beautiful.” He then adds to both first ladies: “Go have a good time”.
Brigitte Macron’s response was unclear.
Social media immediately reacted to the video with many users denouncing Trump’s comments as sexist.
“#Trump telling France’s First Lady ‘you’re in such good shape’ epitomises men toeing the line between compliment & sexual harassment,” wrote Twitter user Alex Berg, a freelance video producer and writer who works on feminist and gender issues.
Jen Siebel Newsom, a documentary maker and actress,said on Twitter: “Mr. Trump – Women do not want to hear unsolicited remarks on what you think of their bodies. Its gross, and deeply inappropriate.”
Trump has been denounced for comments deemed sexist, including criticising the looks of former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, media figure Ariana Huffington and models Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. His presidential campaign was rocked in October by the release of a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which he talked about grabbing women by the genitals.
Trump recently attacked MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter, calling her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and saying she was “bleeding badly from a facelift” at a gathering at his Florida resort around new year.