Macron certain US will return to Paris climate deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 26, 2018,
Apr 26, 2018, 14:29
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It's the same sentiment that leads Americans to question why the United States has more than 2,000 soldiers deployed to Syria, Bremmer added.
But on Wednesday, as his three-day visit drew to a close, Macron shifted the story dramatically.
Domestically, however, Macron faces a different audience. We can choose isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism.
"Closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution", he said.
Borrowing a phrase from Mr. Trump, he said, "Let us work together in order to make our planet great again". And, of course, he supported the Iran deal, which Trump has railed against as recently as this week. Comparatively, Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" and has filled his cabinet with individuals who reject the notion it's a product of human activities. "We're just citizens of the same planet".
As for Syria, Macron is thought to be playing an integral role in influencing Trump's decisions. The two world leaders were frequently captured smiling together and even held hands at times.
Macron also offered an analysis of Trump as both more consistent and less ideological than is commonly believed. Trump has long railed against the deal signed during the Obama administration.
Macron is the eighth French president to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan's office said. Unable to keep up pretenses, the Prime Minister of Australia squabbled with Trump, who was having trouble understanding his immigration policy. "There were more than a few uncomfortable moments on the GOP side of the aisle". Macron did not disappoint.
For now, Macron admitted he could still not read whether Trump would simply walk away from the existing deal when it comes up for renewal on May 12, as he has threatened.
Meanwhile, UN yesterday said that global donors will pledge $4.4 billion in aid of the Syrian conflict at a Brussels conference, well short of the amount hoped for.
Macron said he understood Trump's approach to Iran to be pragmatic, not ideological.
Addressing at a joint session of Congress at Capitol Hill, French President asserted, "A commercial war is not consistent with our mission, with our history, with our current commitments for global security".
France has been a partner in US airstrikes there.
Mr Macron urged the U.S. not to "close the door to the world" and said stoking fear and anger would not "construct anything".
Outgoing US House Speaker Paul Ryan, right, and Vice President Mike Pence talk on the floor of the House after Macron's speech. Trump had all but endorsed Macron's right wing opponent, Marin Le Pen, previous year before the election, and Le Pen ran on numerous views Macron was arguing against in his speech.