Frenchman Emmanuel Macron lands on Monday in Washington with the mission to sack Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy, at least for Europe.
Macron Comes to First State Visit by Trump's Presidency, the US Leader It threatens to expand the global trading system with tariffs on China, and perhaps Europe, and abandon the Iranian nuclear deal, a key element of Western policy to curb military tensions in the Middle East.
The French president has more success He has made good relations with most of the world's leading politicians, but his successes in enforcing political concessions are still patchy. While Macron pointed to the rocket attacks on Syria this month as a victory for French diplomacy, he could not keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement, and his helpers sprayed last week expectations that he might persuade Trump to change course on other issues "This visit will foster the tale that the two men have a good relationship, but it may not make much of a difference," said Jeremy Shapiro, research director at the European Council for External Relations in London. "A personal relationship is great, but Trump does not remember once you leave the room."
On the first evening, the two guides will have dinner with their wives at George Washington's Virginia Estate in Mount Vernon, overlooking the Potomac River, and Macron will offer his hosts a symbolic gift. During a visit to Beijing in January, he gave President Xi Jinping a horse of the French Republican Guard.
Tuesday night is the White House State Dinner, where Brigitte Macron can wear a Louis Vuitton dress, her designer of choice. The rest of the guest list has been closely guarded, although LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault is the only French business leader to take the post that shook [Trump's] [1
"He was one of the few Europeans to have built a tight and strong working relationship with President Trump, while not shying away from criticism," said Jeff Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Relations Studies in Washington. "We'll probably see some of it."
Macron's chance to turn the bonhomie into political substance comes at extended talks on Tuesday
French officials say they were informed by their White House counterparts that Trump has still not decided whether he will stay with the Iran deal. The agreement was the signing of the foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama's presidency and perhaps the most intense diplomatic push by the United States since the First World War.
The President has been criticizing the agreement for a long time. He wants to take more action to prevent Iran from developing its ballistic missile program and expanding its influence in the Middle East – issues that are not addressed in the current agreement. Macron plans to make additional pledges from European states to ensure that the deal keeps Iran at bay.
"The French president will have prepared a few 'fixes" for the Iran deal, the climate deal and trade issues. He believes it is a victory, "said Brett Bruen, a former State Department official Obama. "Macron has mastered the art of the deal when it comes to Trump – forget the substance, focus on his feelings, treat him with flattery and a touch of French flair."
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Trump's experience of sending his troops into battle this month along with their French allies could improve Macron's chances of progressing on other issues, so the analysts.
The 40-year-old French president has established himself as Trump's Go As a leader in Europe and his position at the forefront of the EU's main military power he has an advantage over Angela Merkel, by the Trump Government is mocked over Germany's massive trade surplus with the US for its reluctance to engage in military action and defensive spending
"This is clearly a country ready to take risks and work with the United States, which has made France a respected Washington intone, "said Rathke.
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Trading will be Macron's other challenge. He was in Berlin on Thursday to coordinate his disputes with Merkel – the German leader visits the White House on Friday.
Trump wants Europeans to ease the barriers to US exporters seeking access to their markets. Both Macron and Merkel will argue that unilateral trade interventions are destructive if they try to convince Trump not to sabotage the World Trade Organization rule-based trading system.
"Both have an interest in defending a European position In the face of China or the US," said Jean Pisani-Ferry, professor at the Sciences Po in Paris and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the Macron during the campaign advised. "The economies of their two countries are so integrated."
– With the support of Toluse Olorunnipa and Jonathan Tirone