French President Macron Hopes to Convince Trump to Bring US Back Into Climate Agreement

Riot Police officers escort a protest rally against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

French President Emmanuel Macron says he harbors the hope of convincing President Donald Trump to bring the United States back into the Paris climate accord.

Speaking at the close of the G-20 summit on Saturday, the French leader said he plans to hold a climate summit in December to mobilize public and private financing two years after the Paris agreement was adopted.

Of the G-20 countries that met in Hamburg, the United States was the only holdout from a statement reaffirming a commitment to work toward the carbon emission reduction goals outlined in the landmark deal.

But Macron said in response to a question that he hasn’t given up on the idea of persuading Trump to change his mind.

He said: “I confirm that I hope to convince him.”

Trump is scheduled to be in Paris for France’s Bastille Day parade next Friday and will dine with Macron the night before.

Source: Associated Press

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