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Macron, Merkel: dialogue with Trump necessary, despite disagreements

Macron, Merkel: dialogue with Trump necessary, despite disagreements”

During the joint news conference with Macron, he also indicated that he could change his position on the Paris climate accord after speaking with the French president.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel exchanged a warm handshake in Paris Thursday - a far cry from the famous tug-of-war the two leaders engaged in at their first meeting.

Among the key differences separating Europe and the United States is Trump's decision last month to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, his perceived tilt toward Russian Federation, and criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

"We will talk about that over the coming period of time, and if it happens that'll be wonderful and if it doesn't that'll be OK too".

After repeating the comment to the president, Trump turned back to Brigitte Macron and said: "Beautiful".

"We have a number of disagreements which are in particular due to the commitments taken by President Trump during his election campaign", Macron said, in response to the same journalist, reaffirming his own commitment to the accord. The handshake was nothing out of the ordinary as Trump embraced the French leader with a few pats on the shoulder as well.

"You'd better do a good job, please".

Trump added: "I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting".

Trump will help Macron mark Bastille Day, the French national day, on July 14 and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I as an ally of France against Germany.

Trump paused and looked over at Macron.

"You know what, it's going to be just fine, because you have a great president", he said. Trump is in Paris at Macron's invitation ahead of the Bastille Day holiday on Friday.

Trump has called the Paris deal "very unfair" to the United States because of its greenhouse gas emissions goals and financial provisions, both of which were negotiated by the Obama administration.

The invite from Macron appears to be a deliberate attempt to show that Paris is still "welcoming" after Trump announced that "Paris is no longer Paris" following a string of terrorist attacks in the French capital.

On Thursday, President Trump visited France for the first time as President, making an official state visit to strengthen the friendship between USA and France.



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