US President Donald Trump is on a two-day visit in Paris to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to find common ground disagreements over climate deal and discuss the Syrian conflict, as well as countering terrorism.
American and French leaders are to meet on Thursday in the French capital to discuss Syria and fighting terrorism, along with other issues. The talks will be followed by a dinner at the famous Eiffel Tower, where a rare blue lobster is to be on the menu. On Friday, Trump is to attend a Bastille Day parade in the French capital.
Getting rdy to leave for France @ the invitation of President Macron to celebrate & honor Bastille Day and 100yrs since U.S. entry into WWI.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
Despite Macron’s desire to stand near Trump at the G20 family photo in Hamburg last week, as he pushed his way through the world leaders to take the place beside the US president, he has repeatedly criticized Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change. The treaty was signed by almost 200 nations in 2016 and considered a major achievement by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. The withdrawal from the deal was one of Trump’s presidential campaign promises, aimed at securing more jobs for Americans and production rates. READ MORE:
While Trump sees the climate accord as a means for other countries to take financial advantage of the US, Macron alongside other European leaders stepped up against that outcome. The French leader condemned the move, saying that America “turned its back on the world,” but promising not to do the same in retaliation. In a social media spat with Trump, Macron launched #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain slogan apparently referring to Trump’s campaign motto.
He also invited “engineers, entrepreneurs [and] responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the United States” to come to France, which could act as “their second homeland.”
Last year, then-presidential hopeful Trump said he would not go to France as “France is no longer France.” The statement came following a fatal terrorist attack in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations.