Trump’s mistake in demoting Macron to the post of prime minister came as he spoke at a campaign rally in Michigan, one of several stops he made in the last three weeks of the presidential race as he trails Democrat Biden in the polls.
Trump had spoken of the old NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, which he called a bad deal for America and insisted on renegotiating, when he turned to Macron and the Paris agreement on climate change.
Trump, who questions the science behind global warming, pulled the United States out of this historic global deal in 2017, saying it was costing the United States jobs.
“And you know what else I stopped?” The Paris environmental accord, ”Trump said.
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“And I really like Prime Minister Macron. But I said “how are you over there? How’s the deal going? “They’re not doing too well,” Trump said.
“I saved you billions of dollars, no one else would. I said it was a disaster, they basically wanted to take our wealth. ”
Trump used to have some sort of bromance relationship with Macron, but their ties cooled over the years and featured a so-called handshake war – in which Macron emulated the American president’s bent. to tremble hard and not to let go.
In a bilateral meeting in 2019 in France, Macron grabbed Trump’s hand for so long and he firmly left a white thumbprint on it.
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