Iran nuclear deal: Macron urges Trump to stick with 2015 accord

Iran nuclear deal: Macron urges Trump to stick with 2015 accord

Carla Harmon
April 22, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron discusses the military strikes in Syria during a broadcast.

"I hope. he will decide for an exemption for the European Union", Macron said of US President Donald Trump on Fox News on Sunday.

"He says exemptions till May first", Macron said.

Trump and Macron will meet in the Oval Office and hold at a news conference.

"We have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides", Macron said.

Before their first meeting a year ago at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Macon said he noticed how Trump yanked other world leaders toward him during a handshake and he wasn't going to be caught off guard.

"The visit comes at a time of extremely close relations between France and the United States with regular and intense exchanges between the two presidents", an aide to Macron told reporters this week. "I think President Trump's election was unexpected in your country, and probably my election wasn't expected in my country, and we are not part of the classical political system".

During the trip to Washington, Macron will have repeated opportunities to try to influence his American partner starting with a dinner at Mount Vernon, the home of the first United States president George Washington, along with their wives Brigitte and Melania on Monday night. The state dinner is set to take place Wednesday, after Macron delivers an address to a joint session of Congress.

Topping the agenda will be the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump is threatening to pull out of against the wishes of European nations, and United States trade tariffs on steel and aluminium which could hit EU exports. "If you make war against everybody, you make trade war against China, trade war against Europe, war in Syria, war against Iran - come on - it doesn't work".

Speaking upon his arrival in NY for a six-day trip, Zarif said: "The measures to be undertaken by Iran and the response of the global community to [the] U.S. leaving the JCPOA will be very unfavorable for the Americans". "You can not make a trade war with your ally", Macron.

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