During President Donald Trump’s visit in France last week, he and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the Paris Climate Agreement. In an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Macron reports that he explained his position and discussed a future agreement that might include the U.S. He also says he charmed Trump into agreeing to stay open minded.
Macron is an avid supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement, and voiced his disappointment when President Trump decided to withdraw from the multi-national deal two months ago during Trump’s first trip to Europe.
In Sunday’s Journal du Dimanche, Macron said during his discussion with Trump, he felt the U.S. president “understood” his position on the issue. According to Macron, President Trump said he would work over the coming months to “try to find a solution.”
“We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal,” Macron reportedly said.
After President Trump announced in June that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, he said he would be willing to renegotiate the deal, or make a new “transaction on terms that are fair to the United States.”
During the announcement, President Trump said, “We’re getting out, but we’ll start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that’s fair.” At the time, he said he was open to any outcome, whether a deal could be reached or not.
After the announcement, French President Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni released a joint statement that said the course charted by the accord is “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated.”
An unnamed source also reported that Macron called Trump and said they could talk, but the Paris accords were not renegotiable.
After Trumps visit last week, Macron seems to see their relationship as improved. In the interview with Journal du Dimanche, Macron said the two had “a better, intimate knowledge of each other.”
“Our countries are friends, so we should be too,” Macron reportedly said.
Odds are President Trump will not revisit the deal because if he did he is sure to lose support from his GOP loyalists who see the existing Paris agreement as part of Obama’s progressive ideology.
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