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This Could Get Smoggy: Trump To Embark To Visit Overseas Rival

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This Could Get Smoggy: Trump To Embark To Visit Overseas Rival

President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France probably aren’t on each other’s speed dial. Their relationship has been cold since they met in Brussels last month and shared a highly publicized “white knuckle” handshake. The two men were certainly at odds after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Macron famously responded with an English language appeal: “Make our planet great again.”
So it is somewhat of a surprise to learn that Donald Trump will attend France’s Bastille Day celebration in Paris on the 14th of July. He accepted an invitation from Macron. The French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.
Macron’s office reported that Trump will attend the traditional Paris military parade as a part of the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the first world war. American troops will join French soldiers in a display of military power on the Champs Elysées. This will be Trump’s first visit to France since he took office. The White House said that Trump looked forward to reaffirming US relations with France and commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on July 14th.
Last week, Macron said in an interview that he wanted to work with Trump on counter-terrorism and hoped to bring the president back into the climate accord. He declared that France will be “perfectly aligned with the US” in their response to chemical weapons used in Syria.
He did have this criticism of Trump: “The difficulty today is that he hasn’t yet drawn up the conceptual framework of his foreign policy. So his politics can therefore be unpredictable, which is a source of discomfort for the world. In terms of the fight against terrorism, he has the same drive for efficiency that I do. I don’t share some of his choices, above all on the climate issue. But I hope we can find a way for the US to return to the Paris climate accords. That’s the hand I extend to Donald Trump. I hope he changes his view. Because everything is connected. You can’t want to fight efficiently against terrorism and not be engaged for the climate.”
Are you surprised that President Trump accepted Macron’s invitation? Or, are you even more surprised that Macron issued the invitation?
Credit: The Guardian

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