"You were my guy," Trump told the new French president when they met for the first time in Brussels, the French presidency official said.
Trump told Macron that, contrary to media reports during the race, he had not backed Le Pen and had followed Macron's campaign with great attention, the source said, adding that the two leaders had spoken in English.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he did not know if Trump had said this to Macron but noted that the two men had good chemistry. [nL8N1IR4DQ]
Centrist Macron beat National Front leader Le Pen in a May 7 run-off vote after a hard-fought campaign that pitted Macron's pro-European views against Le Pen's anti-globalisation, anti-EU and anti-immigration stance.
Le Pen said she was best placed to defend France's interests in what she called the "new world" of Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
(Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Steve Holland; writing by Adrian Croft; editing by Michel Rose)
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