French President calls Trump, implies severing ties

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A joint statement released Thursday by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy says they don’t think the Paris climate accord can be renegotiated.

In a reaction to the U.S.’s withdrawal from the agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni released a joint statement indicating that President Donald Trump’s plan to renegotiate is likely not be possible.

The statement acknowledges “with regret” that the U.S. will pull out of the agreement, reached in December 2015. The three leaders write that the accord is “a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change.” Yet, the course charted by the accord is “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated.” According to the statement, they will  “step up efforts” to support poor and threatened nations.

According to Reuters, an unnamed source that is “close” to French President Emmanuel Macron said President Donald Trump and Macron discussed the Paris climate deal via phone Thursday immediately after Trump’s announcement.  In the conversation, Macron apparently implied the U.S. and France would be severing ties in the subjects of climate and environmental change. According to the source:

“The president spoke with President Trump in a five-minute phone call. The exchange was direct. The president said that they could continue to talk, but indicated that nothing was renegotiable with regard to the Paris accords. The United States and France will continue to work together, but not on the subject of climate.”

Former president Barack Obama also gave his own charged statement at the Trump administration following the U.S. withdrawal of the deal.

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