2019 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd Prize



Brendan Smialowski

Agence France-Presse

24 April, 2018

US President Donald Trump leads France’s President Emmanuel Macron by the hand while walking to the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington DC.

President Macron’s three-day visit to the United States was the first official state visit of the Trump administration. Unexpectedly, the two presidents’ body language went beyond the norm for such visits, bordering on the intimate. The leaders also praised each other effusively. The 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran was one of the main topics under discussion. Macron aimed to persuade Trump to adhere to the deal, which limited Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions, but failed. On 8 May, President Trump withdrew from the agreement, breaking with European allies. The relationship between the two leaders appears to have soured, with Trump later attacking Macron on Twitter.

About the photographer

Brendan Smialowski

Brendan Smialowski is a photojournalist based in the United States. He joined the staff of Agence France-Presse in 2012. Prior to this, he worked as a freelancer with wire ser...

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