Macron fails to woo Trump’s support on Paris agreement


French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hinted that he failed to woo U.S. President Donald Trump’s support on Paris agreement on climate change.

Speaking at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the heels of their meeting in Brussels, Macron said :”As for climate, President Trump can assert his position. I respect the fact that he has a review of the Paris agreement.”

“It’s (the agreement) an important thing for international community. We have a political responsibility to assume, and we have to think also about jobs and economic development.” he said.

“No hasty decision should be taken on this subject by the United States… our collective responsibility is to ensure that this commitment remains a global commitment.” he added.

The Paris Agreement was agreed by the 195 member economies which attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. It went into effect last November.

Trump, on his first overseas trip as U.S. president, on Thursday met with European Council President Donald Tusk and Juncker, before holding a lunch meeting with Macron.

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However, Macron claimed that the lunch meeting with Trump was “a very good, frank and warm discussion”.

“It’s necessary for the United States of America to remain an essential partner as regards collective security, development and the fight against terrorism.” he said.

Later on Thursday, Trump and leaders of other NATO countries are set to meet for the first time to map out the future of the organization, and try to narrow their differences on its budget.