Trump: ‘I’d love to go’ to Paris for summit
President Donald Trump has offered to meet with President Emmanuel Macron at the White House to discuss how to handle the Paris climate agreement, the White Tower said.
“We will have a meeting at the West Wing,” a White House official told reporters.
The official said it was unclear when Trump would meet with Macron, who has been leading the push for a global climate deal.
The White House did not specify what the meeting would be about, but the official added that it was expected to involve the president.
Macron has been widely praised for his handling of the climate issue.
He was elected to the presidency in May with an anti-austerity message and is trying to build a coalition of the left and far-left to win back power from the right.
Trump and Macron are scheduled to hold a summit on climate change at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, on July 7.
The US has said that it will be the first country to commit to a global deal to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
A number of Republican lawmakers have questioned whether the US would be able to meet its commitments.
A coalition of Democrats and liberal groups have been pushing the Trump administration to negotiate a global pact that would have the backing of the UN’s most powerful body, the General Assembly.
Trump’s aides have argued that if a deal can’t be reached by the end of the year, the US will move on to other issues, including a potential tax overhaul.