Trump is no longer listening to his friend 'Jim'

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

France rolled out the red carpet, July 13, to welcome Donald Trump on a presidential visit laden with military pomp that the White House hopes will offer respite from a growing scandal back home.

Trump ostensibly used the city of Paris as a foil during his 2016 campaign, regularly using it to show the impacts of crime, terrorism and runaway bureaucracy.

It's not the first time Trump's handshake attempts have gone awry, although this particular effort wasn't quite as freakish as his 19-second long handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February.

The rally was the first in a series of anti-Trump protests organized by activists from the "Paris against Trump" activist group via social media. President Trump even suggested he could change his mind on pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord".

He has said the Paris climate accord is soft on leading polluters such as China and India, putting USA industry at risk. "It was a long time ago, but we are together". And if it doesn't, that'll be OK, too.

Mr Trump praised a ceasefire in southern Syria that he helped broker last week with Russian Federation and Jordan and said the U.S. was working on a second ceasefire in a "rough part of Syria".

Macron has given a series of offensive statements against Trump's decision to go back on the United States' obligation to the Paris climate agreement, inviting American scientists to pursue their work in France, accenting a climate coalition with China and even being sarcastic of Trump with a Twitter hashtag fashioned after the campaign slogan of the USA president.

He then turned to French president.

"We all know that Trump likes a military parade and apparently wanted one for his own inauguration", says reporter Adeline Sire. At age 39, the youngest president of modern France — and the same age as Donald Trump Jr.

Macron is positioning himself to become Trump's European whisperer.

Asked whether their dinner on Thursday night at the tony Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower would be a "dinner between friends", both said yes. He joked that Macron had better do a good job, "otherwise you're going to make me look very bad".

"And you have a great leader now".

Trump added: "We have a very good relationship, a good friendship".

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