French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

France’s Emmanuel Macron left Washington looking like a superstar — whether or not he changed President Donald Trump’s mind on staying in Syria, how to contain Iran or anything at all.

Macron upped his global status by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the American president amid all the pageantry of a state visit. Then he attacked Trump’s policies head-on in a speech to Congress, and defended his own vision of a globalist world order.

And he wrapped up the trip by rolling up his sleeves and stunning Georgetown students by telling them: “You don’t always have to play by the rules.

“That’s bulls—,” he added.

Now, back to the reality of fixing France. After blow-by-blow coverage of Macron’s Washington trip for three days, the French media turned quickly to domestic issues upon his return Thursday — damaging train strikes, crime-ridden housing projects, lagging school results. (AP)

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<p>French President Emmanuel Macron smiles as he listens to a question in French from a student at George Washington University, Wednesday April 25, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron smiles as he listens to a question in French from a student at George Washington University, Wednesday April 25, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron greets Senate Pages after addressing a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 25, 2018. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron greets Senate Pages after addressing a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 25, 2018. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron pauses as he receives a standing ovation during his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Standing behind him are Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron pauses as he receives a standing ovation during his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Standing behind him are Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives for his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives for his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>Brigitte Macron wife of France’s President Emmanuel Macron speaks with dancers as she visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Brigitte Macron wife of France’s President Emmanuel Macron speaks with dancers as she visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Brigitte Macron (C), wife of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, leaves the Duke Ellington School of the Arts after a visit on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Brigitte Macron (C), wife of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, leaves the Duke Ellington School of the Arts after a visit on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>President Donald Trump, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, share a toast during the State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, share a toast during the State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>American soldiers of the Guard of Honor prepare for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

American soldiers of the Guard of Honor prepare for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia outside Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripa/Reuters) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia outside Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripa/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron pats U.S. President Donald Trump (R) on the shoulder as they depart following their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron pats U.S. President Donald Trump (R) on the shoulder as they depart following their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron clasps hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron clasps hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron clasps hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron clasps hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump look over at each other during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump look over at each other during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron(L) visit the Library of Congress prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron(L) visit the Library of Congress prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on April 25, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump, left, and Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, pause for a photograph together as they tour the National Gallery of Art, Tuesday April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

First lady Melania Trump, left, and Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, pause for a photograph together as they tour the National Gallery of Art, Tuesday April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump playfully reaches over to cleans lint off French President Emmanuel Macron’s suit jacket during their meeting in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump playfully reaches over to cleans lint off French President Emmanuel Macron’s suit jacket during their meeting in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron waves as he stands on the Truman Balcony with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron (L) during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron waves as he stands on the Truman Balcony with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron (L) during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Guests await the start of an official arrival ceremony hosted by U.S. President Donal Trump and first lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Guests await the start of an official arrival ceremony hosted by U.S. President Donal Trump and first lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>France’s President Emmanuel Macron (2R) and US President Donald Trump (R) watch troops during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, April 24, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (2R) and US President Donald Trump (R) watch troops during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, April 24, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the national anthem during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the national anthem during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold hands during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold hands during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron stand during the National Anthem during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron stand during the National Anthem during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US President Donald Trump after speaking at a state welcome at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US President Donald Trump after speaking at a state welcome at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Brigitte Macron and first lady Melania Trump look on as President Donald Trump hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Brigitte Macron and first lady Melania Trump look on as President Donald Trump hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>Brigitte Macron, left, and President Donald Trump, right, look on as French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of first lady Melania Trump during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Brigitte Macron, left, and President Donald Trump, right, look on as French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of first lady Melania Trump during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a state welcome at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a state welcome at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump (R) and Brigitte Macron take part in a state arrival ceremony at the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

First lady Melania Trump (R) and Brigitte Macron take part in a state arrival ceremony at the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>First lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and President Donald Trump greets Brigitte Macron, right, as they arrive for a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

First lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and President Donald Trump greets Brigitte Macron, right, as they arrive for a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump arrives for state welcome of French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump arrives for state welcome of French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>From right, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, take their positions for a photograph during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

From right, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, take their positions for a photograph during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hug during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hug during an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>A honor guard arrives at the start of an official arrival ceremony hosted by U.S. President Donal Trump and first lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

A honor guard arrives at the start of an official arrival ceremony hosted by U.S. President Donal Trump and first lady Melania Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump, right, greets French President Emmanuel Macron as first lady Melania Trump looks on during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump, right, greets French President Emmanuel Macron as first lady Melania Trump looks on during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump greet French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump greet French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>A place setting for the State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron is shown in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

A place setting for the State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron is shown in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron prepare to have their picture taken on a visit to the estate of the first U.S. President George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia outside Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron prepare to have their picture taken on a visit to the estate of the first U.S. President George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia outside Washington, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shovel dirt onto a freshly planted oak tree as Brigitte Macron and first lady Melania Trump watch during a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Steve Holland/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shovel dirt onto a freshly planted oak tree as Brigitte Macron and first lady Melania Trump watch during a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Steve Holland/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron prepare to board the Marine One helicopter prior to departing the White House for dinner in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron prepare to board the Marine One helicopter prior to departing the White House for dinner in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>Tourists at the World War II Memorial duck from the wind of helicopter making a practice take off for staff traveling with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

Tourists at the World War II Memorial duck from the wind of helicopter making a practice take off for staff traveling with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron in Washington, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive for their state visit to Washington and meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump after landing at Joint Base Andrews in Md., April 23, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) </p>
French President Macron visits Trump in 3-day trip to Washington

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive for their state visit to Washington and meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump after landing at Joint Base Andrews in Md., April 23, 2018. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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