French President Takes Shots at the United States

French President Macron told the UN General Assembly that France will use the Paris accord membership as a contingency for trade deals. Global trade war coming?

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French President Emmanuel Macron told the United Nations General Assembly recently that his country will begin to make trade agreements contingent on membership in the Paris climate pact, according to the Hill.

“We will no longer sign commercial agreements with powers that do not respect the Paris accord,” he told the assembly. Macron did not personally mention Trump or the United States, but his remarks were seen as a shot to the United States, given that the U.S. is the only country that is not part of the agreement.

If you recall, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promised, when he withdrew in June 2017 from the agreement. The decision came as a way to honor the central theme of his presidency – to put the United States first.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Trump said in an outdoor ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.

Trump claimed the agreement was “very unfair at the highest level to the United States.” He added that he will “begin negotiations to re-enter” or set out to agree on an entirely fair new transaction. He said he will only agree on the terms that are fairer to the United States, its business, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.

“We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair,” Trump said.

Prior to withdrawing from the deal, the leaders of France, Italy and Germany said they would not renegotiate the climate deal, despite Trump urging they do. World leaders from Europe, Asia and elsewhere had urged Trump in the prior days before, to stay in the pact, as they criticized his decision.

Trump defended his decision and claimed that the other leaders wanted the U.S. to stay in the deal because it “keeps our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement.”

According to a report released earlier this month, the U.S. will fall about one-third short of the climate targets stipulated in the original deal. Despite the federal government working on negotiations, cities and states have been working on their own to meet Paris agreement emission reduction targets. The report found the U.S. has the potential to reach 90 percent of its targets through state and city action, The Hill reports. California recently passed a bill to set a target of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced $4 billion worth of investments into clean energy earlier this month.

Can the U.S. reach its greenhouse gas emissions target stipulated in the Paris Climate Accord on their own, without signing an agreement? Macron’s decision to only make trade agreements with those who hold memberships in the Paris Climate pact, can have an impact on the global trade if others follow.

With the United States being the only one without membership, will it have an ultimate effect on the U.S.? Read the full story on The Hill here.


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French President Macron told the UN General Assembly that France will use the Paris accord membership as a contingency for trade deals. Global trade war coming?

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26% Yes, feeling it
74% No, all hot air
Males
25% Yes, feeling it
75% No, all hot air
Females
25% Yes, feeling it
75% No, all hot air

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