‘You’re in such good shape’: Trump criticised for ‘creepy’ comment to Brigitte Macron

Critics on social media said the comment, made during the US presidents first state visit to France, was gross and inappropriate

Donald Trump has been accused of sexism after he praised Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, for being in such good shape.

The US president made the comment during his first state visit to France and was posted on the French governments Facebook page on Thursday.

Trump, 71, who has come under fire for his remarks about womens appearances, met French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife at Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French heroes are buried.

After a tour, Trump turned to the French first lady, gestured with his hands toward her and said: Youre in such good shape.

After repeating the comment to the president, Trump turned back to Brigitte Macron and said: Beautiful. Her response was unclear.

Brigitte Macron is 64. Her husband is 39, a similar age gap to Trump and his wife Melania, 47.

Social media immediately reacted to the video with many users denouncing Trumps comments as sexist.

#Trump telling Frances First Lady youre in such good shape epitomizes 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.

Alex Berg (@AlexfromPhilly)

The comment is like catcalling never about beauty, it’s about power. It’s a reminder that #Trump and men have power over our bodies. 3/

July 13, 2017

Jen Siebel Newsom, a documentary maker and actress, (@JenSiebelNewsom) 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.

Amir Nasr (@amir_anasr)

It’s even weirder when he turns to Macron right after saying it to her just to reiterate “She’s in such good physical shape” https://t.co/O2oQ2cpLNK

July 13, 2017

The White House declined to comment on the exchange. The couples dined together at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower on Thursday night.

Macron is the countrys youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago.

Trump has been denounced for comments deemed sexist, including criticising the looks of former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, comedian Rosie ODonnell, 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 crotch.

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 Years Eve.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/14/youre-in-such-good-shape-trump-criticised-for-creepy-comment-on-brigitte-macron

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