Barack Obama Officially Endorses Emmanuel Macron

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / May 4, 2017 9:29 AM

On April 20, just days before the first round of the French election, former president Obama caused a diplomatic stir when Reuters reported that he had spoken on the phone with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron – the market-friendly candidate preferred by Europe’s establishment. Quick to avoid the perception of yet another foreign interference (who can forget Obama’s strong condemnation of the Brexit campaign last summer), in a statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesperson to President Barack Obama, he said that “an endorsement was not the purpose of the call, as President Obama is not making any formal endorsement in advance of the run-off election on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Macron said Obama simply wanted to exchange views about the French presidential campaign and that the ex-president had stressed how important the relationship between the two countries was. Macron’s party “En Marche!” said in a statement that “Emmanuel Macron warmly thanked Barack Obama for his friendly call.”

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