French President Macron addressed a joint session of Congress and said he hoped the United States would someday come back to the Paris Climate agreement. He dwelt on a long, common history between France and the US.
French President Emmanuel Macron hit on the issues of climate change, nationalism, trade and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in his speech to a joint session of US Congress, calling on the United States to engage more with the world.
After what has been seen as a friendly state visit to Washington, Macron's speech laid out a view of global leadership starkly different from US President Donald Trump's "America First" strategy.
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What Macron said to Congress
At a press conference later, Macron said he believed Trump would pull the US out of the Iran deal.
"We have disagreements between the United States and France. It may happen, like in all families," the French president said.
How US politicians saw the speech
After bringing US legislators to their feet numerous times during his speech, reactions came in via social media:
The second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, said: "I loved it. He started off very slowly and he built it to two powerful issues that he couldn't avoid: climate change and the Iran nuclear agreement."
House Democrat Adam Schiff said that Macron had offered "more of a direct contradiction of the president than I was expecting. There were more than a few uncomfortable moments on the GOP side of the aisle."
Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he didn't feel Macron had rebuked President Trump. "He said in there that he believes in free and fair trade. That's exactly what the president asked for."
US Vice President Mike Pence tweeted appreciation for Emmanuel Macron:
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