Following the recent announcement that French President Emmanuel Macron would be hosting U.S. President Donald Trump as his guest of honor for France’s National Day celebrations on July 14, it’s now come out that Macron will be “wining and dining” the U.S. President while he visits the French nation.
Trump and Macron have have clashed on a number of occasions in the past, over issues including the Paris Climate Accord. The Paris Accord, signed by nearly every country on planet earth in 2015, mandates that signatory nations work together to keep average global temperatures from growing two degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution average global temperatures. However, no matter how reasonable that goal sounds, President Trump thinks that working to keep the planet from quite literally going up in smoke is too much of a detriment to the short term financial interests of American fossil fuel companies.
Even still, Macron seems determined to win Trump over to his side. The recently elected French president was one of many world leaders to denounce Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord back when he announced it earlier this year. Macron even incorporated a clever play on words into his public remarks following Trump’s announcement of his intent to withdraw from the Paris Accord, telling observers that it’s time to “make our planet great again.”
Now, however, the determined French leader is taking a slightly different approach.
Macron received backlash when he announced his invitation of Trump to France for Bastille Day. For instance, French MP Yannick Jadot of the Green Party, called the trip to Paris that Macron is gifting to Trump “a symbolic reward unworthy of the US president who has stuck his fingers up at humanity by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.”
Macron, however, has stood by his decision.
French government spokesman Christophe Castaner told the LCI French news station:
‘There’s also a strong political dimension. Emmanuel Macron wants to try to prevent the president of the United States being isolated. [Trump] sometimes takes decisions that we disagree with, on climate change for example. But we can do things: either you say ‘we’re not speaking because you haven’t been nice’ or we can reach out to him to keep him in the circle.’
Trump has long shown himself to be easily swayed by such things as being treated to fancy dinners — the man is pathologically obsessed with his public image — but it remains to be seen whether Macron’s efforts to “keep him in the circle” will prove successful.
France’s National Day, Bastille Day, is this Friday, July 14, and Macron will be treating Trump to a dinner of “blue lobster and caviar as well numerous other delicacies” at the Jules Verne restaurant on Thursday night.
This year’s Bastille Day parade will have U.S. soldiers marching alongside French soldiers on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
Trump was just in Europe last week, when he visited Warsaw and attended the G-20 summit of world leaders in Germany, his first since taking office.
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