In address to Congress France's Emmanuel Macron defends climate accords, Iran deal

President Trump pulls French president Emmanuel Macron's hand Tuesday at the White House

At a news conference with Macron, the USA president kept up his blistering rhetoric against the nuclear accord between Iran and world powers that he says does not address Tehran's rising influence in the Middle East or its ballistic missile program.

He said they face very different challenges however: Mr Trump has to deal with an exceptionally hostile press, while Mr Macron faces disruptive, destructive union action.

He said the USA had invented multilateralism and now needed to reinvent it to create a new 21st Century world order.

Tehran has said that if the nuclear deal falls through, it will also quit the worldwide Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Macron used a speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism, in what was seen as a thinly-veiled attack on Mr Trump's America First agenda. The pact committed Iran to ceasing nuclear activities in exchange for easing global sanctions.

"For me it's progress, it avoids falling into the complete unknown if the United States decision is a hard exit", said Macron, who confirmed that the proposal was a strategy coordinated with European partners and not a unilateral one.

A former U.S. Army officer and Republican congressman who served for the past 15 months as Central Intelligence Agency director, Pompeo is regarded as a loyal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump who shares Trump's hawkish world views.

Macron, whose visit will be followed by one on Friday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has called on Trump to keep troops in Syria for the time being to ensure the defeat of Islamic State militants.

"After yesterday's comments, you get the impression that Trump is more amenable now than ever before to the kind of fix Macron is proposing", he told AFP. "So the question is what is the best path", Macron said.

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

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Addressing at a joint session of Congress at Capitol Hill, French President asserted, "A commercial war is not consistent with our mission, with our history, with our current commitments for global security".

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The appeal from two of the signatories to the landmark 2015 accord came as French President Emmanuel Macron was on a state visit, received with much pomp by US President Donald Trump.

Macron, who has built a warm rapport with Trump, has positioned himself as an emissary for European officials seeking a compromise that allows the mercurial U.S. president to claim a public victory, while keeping the deal intact.

He has been a strong critic of the accord, calling it "insane".

"We signed it at the initiative of the United States", he said, "we should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead". Iran has said it will not renegotiate the agreement.

But before Congress, Mr Macron suggested he wanted more than just good optics. The speech - delivered in English - was interrupted by frequent standing ovations, many from both sides of the aisle.

But Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he didn't feel Macron had rebuked his host. He also defended free trade, globalism and science, and cited the contributions of African-Americans and women in the push for civil rights and equality. "That's exactly what the president asked for", McCarthy said.

Several comedians contrasted the supposedly frosty relationship between Trump and his wife, Melania, to his warm friendship with Macron.

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