In a heated French election time where one of the candidates is very far to the right, Marine Le Pen, even being compared to Donald Trump, Barack Obama steps up and endorses her opponent. That opponent is liberal Emmanuel Macron, who earlier in the campaign season was called by Obama just to wish luck, but not quite an endorsement yet.
While it’s unusual for United States Presidents to support international candidates in their respective elections, (not done since Bill Clinton’s endorsement of UK’s Gordon Brown in 2006) Obama has made a video to give his endorsement and support to Macron days before the final voting on Sunday. Obama says that:
“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama says in a video, which Macron shared Thursday. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”
“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and to the values that we care so much about,” Obama says in the clip.
It’s also worth noting that Donald Trump has offered praise towards the far-right Marine Le Pen.