Trump congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his 'big win' in the French election

President Trump extended his congratulations to centrist Emmanuel Macron, who defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday's French presidential election.

"Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France," Trump tweeted. "I look very much forward to working with him!"

The White House released a separate statement congratulating Macron as well.

"We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election," the statement said. "We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government."

Though Trump did not officially endorse any candidate in the first or second rounds of the French election, he shared a number of similarities with Le Pen.

Both rode a wave of populist, anti-establishment anger, supported Brexit, and called for their countries to adopt a more protectionist stance on the world stage and reject globalization. During the 2016 US presidential election, Le Pen strongly endorsed Trump's candidacy and believed his win was a boon for the far-right National Front party in France.

Macron, on the other hand, is a centrist with a finance background whose party, En Marche!, was established just a year ago. He has advocated for deregulation of the economy and for France to maintain a strong presence in the European Union. His decisive win on Sunday demonstrated the French electorate's rejection of the country's left and right establishment parties, as well as the extreme right represented by the National Front.

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French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, casts his ballot to vote in the second round of 2017 French presidential election, as his wife Brigitte Trogneux looks on at a polling station in Le Touquet, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
REFILE - CORRECTING BYLINE Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, casts her ballot in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A woman casts her vote during the second round of the 2017 French presidential election at a polling station inside the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle school, in London, Britain May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A voter leaves a booth during the second round of the 2017 French presidential election at a polling station inside the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle school, in London, Britain May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People stand in voting booths during the second round of the 2017 French presidential election at a polling station inside the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle school, in London, Britain May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards ! greets supporters as leaves a polling station during the the second round of 2017 French presidential election, in Le Touquet, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, exits a polling booth in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
French expats queue outside the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle to cast their vote, in a polling station inside the school, in the second round of the 2017 French presidential election, in London, Britain May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman walks past candidate election posters at the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle polling station , during the second round of the 2017 French presidential election, in London, Britain May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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