Emmanuel Macron says his ‘charm offensive’ may soften Donald Trump’s stance on Paris climate deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said: "Donald Trump listened to me (on the Paris climate deal) and said he would try to find a solution in the coming months.''

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2017 11:30 am
donald trump, emmanuel macron, trump paris climate deal, trump paris climate agreement, donald trump france, world news President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus are seen on a large video screen during Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris (Source: AP Photo)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said his “glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump” may convince the US president to change his mind on the Paris Climate Agreement, The Associated Press reported. In an interview to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper,  Defending his outreach to Trump, Macron said: “our countries are friends, so we should be too.”

“Donald Trump listened to me, he understood the meaning of my approach, including the link between global warming and terrorism. He told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months,” Macron told the newspaper. “We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord.

“It is important to maintain the dialogue so that the US can eventually reintegrate the field of action against global warming and play the game of multilateralism,” said Macron, who pleaded for continued talks with Washington despite divergence over the climate issue.

The newly-elected French President had invited Trump to join Bastille Day celebrations on Friday and be a part of the celebrated National Day parade as its guest of honour. During a joint press conference on Thursday, Trump also said the two nations have “occasional disagreements” but that doesn’t disrupt their friendly association.

When it came to talks on the Paris agreement, Trump claimed the climate agreement was too lenient on leading polluters like China and India which adversely affects US industry. Adding that America was committed to protecting the environment, he said: “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord. We’ll see what happens.We will talk about that over the coming period of time and if it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn’t, that’ll be okay too.”

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Macron on Sunday said that the two world leaders gained “better, intimate knowledge of each other” during Trump’s visit to France.

During the G20 Summit in Hamburg recently, Trump was visibly isolated as the 19 other member nations signed a policy blueprint to implement Paris accord.

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