Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Macron tells Congress of 'special' US-French bond


"I have no inside information" on what decision Trump will make, Macron told journalists after making an address to the U.S. Congress late on April 25 in which he strongly urged legislators to stand by the nuclear accord.

"Our objective is clear".

On terrorism, the French leader praised joint efforts to combat extremism and lamented the multiple attacks in the US and Europe over the past five years, which he called a "horrific price to pay for freedom and democracy".

"Some people think that securing current industries and their jobs is more urgent than transforming our economies to meet the challenge of global change", he said. "And the Republicans see France as a valuable military ally who brings respect for their embattled American president". "Let us not create new walls ourselves on the other side", he underlined.

Overcapacity in the global steel and aluminum markets is not the result of excess production in France or the European Union, and those countries should be permanently exempt from the US' metals tariffs, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. He acknowledged that the agreement does not address all concerns.

We should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead. "But we'll be talking about it", Trump said.

With the United States threatening to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose tariffs on its trading partners, the French leader set out an alternative world view in which nations act together to control dangers and help the middle classes.

Many view Macron as the only person with a shot at getting Trump to change his mind about pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Trying to get even more concessions from Iran "might be a fool's errand", Rohac added.

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Trump has called the existing accord "insane" and "ridiculous", in part because its restrictions start to expire in 2025.

Speaking nearly directly to President Donald Trump, Macron quickly turned to the top issues of Syria, free trade and the Paris accord on climate change - issues where he and Trump disagree - as he urged the United States not to retreat from world affairs, but to embrace its historic role as a military leader of world affairs.

"I am sure one day the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement", he said. "Let us face it: There is no Planet B". "I believe that what we should be doing is to try to find an efficient way to build this genuine multilateralism". "Clearly a lot of thought is going into how to keep a non-US version", said Johnson.

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said it was an honor to welcome Macron to the United States and to maintain "the relationship with our nation's oldest ally". "You are the one now who has to preserve and reinvent it". A United States withdrawal could undermine American credibility at the negotiating table as it seeks denuclearization in another hot zone. "In the manner of bottom-line thinking, we have made full preparation for the worst", said Gao.

European calls for exemptions from Trump's plan for 25 percent tariffs on steel imports are also on their agenda, as well as the USA president's desire to withdraw US forces from Syria as soon as practicable.

"You will have probably, it's nearly sure, a period of tension in such a scenario", he said.

Macron's message was "if you pursue policies of "America First" or 'France First, ' there will be other powers that are shaping tomorrow that are not in anybody's interest" and go against freedom of democracy and rule of law, Rohac added.

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