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Macron’s Visiting: 4 Things He and Trump Could Talk About This Week.

A rundown of where the American and French presidents' blossoming friendship could go – or, potentially, falter – in the week ahead.

By NTK Staff | 04.23.2018 @12:00pm
Macron’s Visiting: 4 Things He and Trump Could Talk About This Week.

President Trump’s early week is all about French President Emmanuel Macron. Here’s his schedule, from Politico‘s Playbook:

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WEEK … Monday: TRUMP is lunching with VP Mike Pence and hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife for dinner at Mt. Vernon. Tuesday: Macron is at the White House for a host of meetings, and Trump will hold a press conference with him. Trump lunches with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then hosts a state dinner for Macron. …

NTK Network pulled together all the coverage of Macron’s impending visit. Here are four topics Trump and Macron may discuss, which could produce headlines later this week.

IRAN

Axios‘ Jonathan Swan, a plugged-in administration source, reported Sunday night that Macron is likely to pitch Trump on working to fix the Iran deal instead of withdrawing from it.

Macron hopes to persuade Trump to work with the Europeans to fix the Iran nuclear deal rather than to follow his instincts and tear up the deal next month by reimposing American sanctions on Iran.

It has been reported that Trump disdains the Iran deal, so Macron will have to persuade Trump they can make some big changes to the deal if Trump is to commit to fixing it.

CLIMATE

France 24 reported that France will “continue to describe the consequences of global warming while facing an American president who is openly climate-[skeptic].”

Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord in 2017 – the U.S. is one of the few nations to not be part of the agreement – and Macron may try to persuade Trump to rejoin the deal, signed on Macron’s home turf, in some capacity.

SYRIA

Macron got in some trouble last week by saying he “convinced” Trump to stay in Syria. The White House had to push back on Macron’s comments. But they did have a joint show of force over U.S. airstrikes on Assad regime targets following the Syrian dictator’s latest chemical weapons attacks.

TRADE

A possible U.S.-EU trade deal remains far off, but if Trump’s going to pull it off with someone, it may as well be Macron. The French leader has arguably the warmest relationship with Trump of any European head of state right now.

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