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After discussion, Macron says Trump ‘understood’ importance of Paris climate deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he pressed President Trump on the possibility of returning the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement during the two leaders’ Paris meeting last week.

During an interview Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Macron said Trump “listened” to him, according to the Associated Press.

“He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism,” Macron said.


He added: “He said he would try to find a solution in the coming months. We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal.”

Trump announced earlier this year his plan to pull the U.S. out of the climate change agreement.

Trump visited Paris last week and met with Macron, a vocal supporter of the Paris deal and a critic of Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the accord between nations.

During a joint news conference after the meeting, Trump said “something could happen with respect to the Paris accord.”

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

“But we’ll talk about that in the coming period of time. If it happens, that will be wonderful. If it doesn’t that’s ok, too,” according to Trump.

Macron also said during the Sunday interview that he thinks Trump left the country with a “better image of France than upon his arrival.”

“Our countries are friends, so we should be too,” Macron said, adding he thinks the two gained a “better, intimate knowledge of each other” during Trump’s visit.

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