Donald Trump lauds Macrons as 'cherished' guests

Sunday, 29 Apr, 2018

"The Saudi nation is protecting Saudi Arabia", the Iranian president said, adding that if the USA would "care to leave forever, security will be totally restored to the region".

In a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, Macron criticized the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and their inaction on climate change.

He expressed doubt that Trump would stay in the nuclear deal and warned the West not to "repeat past mistakes" in the Middle East.

He suggested Macron has no right to amend an agreement signed by seven nations, referring to the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and Iran.

"I don't know what President Trump will decide on the JCPOA and it is his responsibility", said Macron when asked again on the Iran deal.

After multiple meetings with US President Donald Trump and a lavish state dinner on Tuesday at the White House, Macron sought to expand on his world vision - and convince America not to retreat from the world stage.

Macron's is a strategy that a number of USA allies have been pursuing, and so far it has borne some fruit. "The work that's being done here today is invaluable and our objectives are important and this mission means a lot to the United States of America". The U.S. president brushed something off Macron's suit jacket, saying, "We have a very special relationship, in fact I'll get that little piece of dandruff off".

The Joint Comprehensive Plans of Action was signed by the US, UK, France, China and Russia, Germany and the European Union on side and Iran on the other and went into effect in 2016, but the US president has been mandated by Congress to certify Iranian compliance every 90 days for America to abide by the deal.

His main goal was to stop Trump tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, which has reversed Tehran's push for bomb-making capacity, on May 12. Not now. Not in five years.

"I always said there is the JCPOA but we needed to add three pillars post 2025".

He said: "We must keep our eyes wide open to the risks in front of us..."

French President Emmanuel Macron is urging the United States against "closing the door to the world". It will not douse, but inflame, the fears of our citizens. And Macron sees it as part of a dismaying pattern from an administration that has chose to pull out of the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, weakened its commitment to the World Trade Organization and now seems determined to scuttle the pact with Iran. But in repeating the Seeger quote, Macron also took aim at the isolationism that U.S. President Donald Trump has favored.

Should they fail, Trump is threatening to withdraw the USA from the agreement by reimposing nuclear-related sanctions on Iran lifted by the 2015 deal.

But the proposal is, by Macron's own admission, a months-long endeavor - and would build on top of the existing nuclear deal, rather than replace it.

In exchange, global sanctions were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. A number of non-nuclear-related sanctions now remain in place.

The sanctions waiver and certification on Iran's compliance, issued by the United States every few months, were meant to allay American apprehension over the deal, while easing concerns among foreign businesses who want to invest in Iran.

Commenting on Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement a year ago, the French President underscored that he had coaxed Trump to return to the agreement, adding that climate change was a global issue, The Hill reported.