This idea of working together despite differences was reiterated during Thursday’s press conference. “We have a number of disagreements,” Macron said. “Should that have an impact on the discussions we are having on all other topics? No, absolutely not.”
In an interview with Ouest France , a regional newspaper, published Thursday, Macron said the West “has been cracking since the American election,” noting that with the . expressing doubts over international agreements, “Europe is an absolute necessity.” He added, however, that he is not giving up on working with his American allies. On the subject of the . withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Macron said he “will do everything to convince the cities, the states, American entrepreneurs to follow us. Americans will be a part of the Paris agreement, whether the government wants to or not.”
Indeed, they have found common ground in the past, and said their discussions Thursday covered areas of mutual concern, including security, counterterrorism, and building a political roadmap for Iraq and Syria. They managed to sidestep questions aimed at highlighting their differences. When asked about the Paris accord, Trump appeared to suggest the . could reconsider its position, noting “we’ll see what happens.” When asked about the scandal involving Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, Macron said: “I think it’s always good between partners and allies not to interfere with the others’ domestic life.” (Trump, to laughter, responded: “What a good answer that is.”) On Friday, Bastille Day, . troops will march alongside their French counterparts down the Champs-Élysées.
In a visit laden with ceremony, President Trump, standing alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, took the opportunity to remind everyone about the historic nature of the .-French alliance.