Former US President Donald Trump has for years bragged to close aides that he was briefed on details about French President Emmanuel Macron’s sex life obtained from “intelligence” briefings, Rolling Stone magazine reported, citing “two people, familiar with the matter”. The topic returned to the spotlight after an FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, during which authorities seized classified documents, including one titled “information re: the president of France.” It is not known whether the document in question contained details about Macron’s personal life. Rolling Stone did not confirm whether the information seized on Macron was classified or obtained from US intelligence. But the publication said that “the very revelation of the existence of the document has caused transatlantic hysteria”. French and U.S. officials are currently trying to figure out what Trump had on Macron and the French government and assess whether there was a significant breach in national security, Rolling Stone reported, citing “two other sources familiar with the situation.”. The French government remained silent on the matter. “We will not comment on legal proceedings in a foreign country – in this case, the United States,” said an Elysee Palace official. Trump has a long history of suggesting he has incriminating information about people around him, from friends to political opponents to government officials, even when he doesn’t. The real estate mogul rose to political fame by falsely claiming to have seen Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Since taking office, Trump has regularly promised, but never delivered, incriminating evidence to his alleged enemies, once saying details would emerge proving Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in New York. He also regularly hinted at “conflicts” that were either exaggerated or nonexistent with people like former FBI Director James Comey or Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Politico reported. Trump was later even impeached over allegations that he withheld military aid from Ukraine as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump and Macron have had a strained relationship during the US president’s tenure. While the two were initially friendly, with Trump holding Macron’s hand, hugging him, and brushing dust from his French counterpart’s shoulder, they eventually clashed over NATO policy and Trump’s isolationism, among other topics.
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