Macron responds to Trump: ‘Make our planet great again’

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French President Emmanuel Macron is offering his own version of President Trump’s campaign slogan with a call to “make our planet great again” following Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

“I call on you to remain confident,” Macron said in a video posted on Twitter. “We will succeed because we are fully committed. Because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility. Make our planet great again.”

Macron additionally called on “scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs [and] responsible citizens who were disappointed” by Trump’s move to make France their home.

{mosads}“I call on them, come, and work here with us. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you that France will not give up the fight.”

Macron earlier Thursday joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in dismissing Trump’s suggestion that the Paris deal could be renegotiated.

The deal, they said in a statement, is a “cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change.”

“[It’s] irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated,” they added of the nearly 200-nation accord.

Trump on Thursday said he is formally withdrawing the U.S. from the deal, fulfilling a pledge from his 2016 presidential campaign. The move was widely viewed as a victory for chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who has pushed Trump’s “America First” doctrine.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” he said at the White House Rose Garden.

“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States. We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair.”

The U.S. previously pledged in 2015 to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025 as part of the agreement.

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