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In address to Congress France's Emmanuel Macron defends climate accords, Iran deal

Mike Pence and Paul Ryan watch French President Emmanuel Macron address Congress
Mike Pence and Paul Ryan watch French President Emmanuel Macron address Congress

WATCH: In the address to Congress France's Emmanuel Macron defends climate accords, Iran deal

 

ABC News, April 25, 2018 - French President Emmanuel Macron became the first foreign head of state of Donald Trump’s presidency to address a joint meeting of Congress Wednesday — a speech in which he defended climate accords and the Iran deal.

His remarks capped off a highly successful three-day visit marked by unusual personal warmth between the two leaders.

While his personal connection to Trump appears to be growing stronger, Macron also presented a strong repudiation of the kind of insular and nationalistic political sentiments that helped Trump win office, drew a contrast between with Trump on trade and the environment, and defended the Iran deal that Trump has called “insane.”

“Both in the United States and in Europe we are living in a time of anger and fear,” said Macron, rejecting nationalism and isolationism. “You can play with fear and anger for a time, but they do not accomplish anything.”

On the Iran deal, which Trump has threatened to pull out of, Macron expressed optimism that the US and France can work together to forge a more comprehensive deal that's more acceptable to President Trump.

“Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons - not now, not in five years, not in ten years, never,” said Macron. “But this policy should never lead us to war in the Middle East. We must ensure stability and respect the sovereignty of nations, including that one of Iran.”

“We signed it at the initiative of the United States,” he said, “we should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead. That’s my position.”

But after days of public displays of affection, those differences on policy are unlikely to diminish the growing friendship between the two first-term presidents....

 

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