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Macron: My charm offensive may soften Trump's climate stance

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, Friday, July 14, 2017. [Associated Press]

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, Friday, July 14, 2017. [Associated Press]

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated — and may have changed the U.S. president's mind about climate change.

Macron defended his outreach to Trump, whose "America first" policies have elicited worry and disdain in Europe.

"Our countries are friends, so we should be too," Macron said in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper.

After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Macron said they gained "better, intimate knowledge of each other" during Trump's visit to Paris last week.

On their main point of contention — Trump's withdrawal from the landmark Paris climate agreement — Macron is quoted as saying that "Donald Trump listened to me. He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism."

Increasing droughts and other extreme weather blamed on man-made climate change are worsening migration crises and conflicts in some regions as populations fight over dwindling resources.

"He said he would try to find a solution in the coming months. We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal," Macron said, according to the newspaper.

While in Paris, Trump remained non-committal about the U.S. eventually rejoining the climate agreement, telling Macron, "if it happens that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't that will be OK too." Trump has said the climate deal was unfair to U.S. business.

The French leader acknowledged that Trump's Paris visit — including a formal welcome at Napoleon's tomb, dinner in the Eiffel Tower and a place of honor at the annual Bastille Day military parade — was choreographed to give Americans a "stronger image of France" after deadly Islamic extremist attacks damaged the country's vital tourism sector.

It was also aimed at Trump himself, who has said that Paris has been ruined by the threat of terrorism, which he ties to immigrants.

"I think Donald Trump left having a better image of France than upon his arrival," Macron is quoted as saying.

Macron: My charm offensive may soften Trump's climate stance 07/16/17 [Last modified: Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:08am]
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