In response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord, French President Macron told American’s who are disappointed in the President’s decision to consider France their second homeland.
“I do think it’s an actual mistake, both for the United States and for the world,” Macron said. “To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them: Come here and work with us.”
The Washington Post claimed that before he delivered the speech, President Macron reached out directly to Trump and made it clear that he would continue to work with the US diplomatically on other issues but not on climate change.
Yes, the two had spoken directly, by phone, earlier Thursday. Macron reportedly told Trump that France would continue to work with the United States on diplomatic issues in general, but not on climate change, and issued a statement saying the Paris accord will not, as Trump suggested several times in his speech in the Rose Garden on Thursday, be renegotiated. But Macron’s English-language statement was a masterstroke, a way to put Trump under public pressure in the American media, in a way that Trump will surely watch from his television just off the Oval Office Friday.
Toward the end of his remarks, the newly elected French President said: “We all share the same responsibility,” he concluded his remarks. “Make our planet great again.”
What do you think about the offer extended by Macron? Do you think he is trying to undercut Trump or is this a genuine offer?