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Macron Charm Offensive Aimed to Win Trump's Favor for Climate Accord

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French president Emmanuel Macron and U.S President Donald Trump during Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 17 Jul 2017 10:11 AM

Emmanuel Macron told the French press that his charm offensive with President Donald Trump could make him change the U.S. president's mind on the Paris climate accord.

The new French president was quoted as saying that he believed he had Trump's ear during the American president's trip to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day ceremonies last week, according to Metro.

"Trump listened to me," Macron said about his conversation with him about the Paris climate accord, wrote Metro. "We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord."

In comments to the French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Macron said that he believed Trump could change his mind and lead the U.S. back into the accord, Reuters reported.

"(Trump) told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months," Macron told the Le Journal du Dimanche, according to Reuters.

Last month, Trump publicly announced that the United States would drop out of the climate change accords, saying that it was harmful to American businesses.

"The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers -- who I love -- and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production," Trump said in his June announcement about leaving the agreement.

"… The United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune," he continued.

Trump charged at the time that the accord could cost America 2.7 million jobs by 2025, including 440,000 manufacturing jobs, quoting figures from the National Economic Research Associates.

"Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals," Trump said in June, claiming that it punished the United States, while giving a slap on the wrist to the world's leading polluters China and India.

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Emmanuel Macron told the French press that his charm offensive with President Donald Trump could make him change the U.S. president's mind on the Paris climate accord.
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