After talks with Macron, Trump hints rejoining Paris climate deal; ‘something could happen’

July 14, 2017, 8:40 am
After talks with Macron, Trump hints rejoining Paris climate deal; ‘something could happen’
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After talks with Macron, Trump hints rejoining Paris climate deal; ‘something could happen’

After talks with Macron, Trump hints rejoining Paris climate deal; ‘something could happen’

After being criticised widely for pulling out from the crucial Paris Climate Deal, US President Donald Trump now suggested that he could change his position on the climate accord, in remarks after talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

Upon his visit to France on 14 July, Bastille Day celebrations to mark the centenary of America's entry into the First World War, Trump was asked about whether he might review his position on climate.

“Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,” the Republican President said at a joint news conference with Macron, six weeks after announcing that the United States would abandon the 2015 pact, adding: “We'll see what happens.”

Let’s see what happens, but we will talk about that over the coming period of time and if it happens that will be wonderful and if it doesn’t that’ll be OK too
Donald Trump, US President 

Macron said he “respected” Trump’s decision but France remained committed to the accord.

Before the meet with Trump, the 39-year-old French leader said he had a “strong disagreement... About the climate” deal, with Trump, adding: “I hope in the end to be able to persuade him.”

Trump, whose country is the world’s second biggest producer of greenhouse gases after China, drew widespread criticism when he announced on 1 June that he would quit the pact.

Trump further said he and Macron enjoyed a “very good relationship”.

The friendship between our two nations - and ourselves, I might add - is unbreakable. Our occasional disagreements are nothing compared with the immortal bonds of culture, destiny and liberty that unite us... so strongly unite us,” he said.

When a reported reminded Trump of his previous criticism of how France had dealt with the terror threat, the US President said: “It’s gonna be just fine because you have a great President.”