Beyond the smiles, handshakes and kisses President Trump and France’s President Macron clash deeply over matters of policy, reports Nicholas Vinocur of Politico. Macron’s main goal in his recent visit to the White House has been to convince Trump of his plan concerning Iran. On the surface, the US president has welcomed this approach but he nonetheless seems dead-set on revoking the Iran nuclear deal. Trade tariffs are another hot-key issue where Macron’s influence is unlikely to sway Trump, who appears to have made up his mind. When it comes to matters of real decision-making, the two men largely disagree.
While surprising, Presidents Trump and Macron form a close partnership built on common views, holds Tom Rogan of The Washington Examiner. Particularly with issues concerning Syria, the two leaders have seen eye to eye, leading joint efforts to fight ISIS. This involved coordinating ground forces, missile strikes and intelligence work. Both of them felt strongly that Assad needed to be punished for using chemical weapons. Macron also raised France’s defense budget, which was an issue for Trump. Not to be understated, the chemistry between him and Trump is visible. They share a friendly rapport based on mutual respect.