French President Emmanuel Macron is holding onto a glimmer of hope that the Trump administration will re-enter the Paris climate agreement, according to a report Sunday from a French newspaper.
“(Trump) told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months,” Macron told reporters, referring to meetings he had in Germany earlier this month with President Donald Trump. “We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord.”
Trump promised to pull out of the Paris Agreement during the presidential campaign, but members of his cabinet tried to persuade him to stay wedded to the accord. The president has spent most of his administration eliminating scores of his predecessor’s climate regulations.
He believes that former President Barack Obama poorly negotiated the nonbinding climate deal and did not include workers in the process. Trump announced in June that the U.S. would be leaving the accord and possibly re-enter it if the plan can be renegotiated.
Trump also spoke to Germany’s Angela Merkel, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain’s Theresa May after his climate speech to explain his decision, a senior White House official said. Macron at the time said that the deal cannot be renegotiated and that he would discontinue talking to Trump about climate-related issues.
“The president spoke with President Trump in a five-minute phone call. The exchange was direct,” a French source told reporters about a conversation Trump had with Macron shortly after the decision. “Nothing [in the deal] was renegotiable,” Macron allegedly said.
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