On Friday last week, the day after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a vastly wealthier, smarter and more diplomatic representative of the US met with the French president.
|President Donald Trump at a meeting |
in the White House on Tuesday.
Unlike Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Trump, there was no bone-crunching handshake between the new French leader and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Nor was there any other sign of hostility.
Quite the reverse. This was a meeting of two leaders of the resistance.
Macron had earlier responded to Trump’s announcement with a speech, partly in English, in which he decried the move and invited “responsible citizens” of the US who were disappointed by Trump to come work in France. He asserted that the Paris Agreement was “irreversible” and would be implemented not just by France but also by the rest of the world. He commandeered and globalised Trump’s nativist campaign slogan, ending his speech with “Make our planet great again”.
Read Mike Seccombe’s story in The Saturday Paper - "Donald Trump’s own goal on climate action.”