The bromance between President Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron may be over, after the French president took masked swipes at Trump on Wednesday morning during a speech before a joint session of Congress.
Macron shook hands with senators and representatives, and pressed his hand to his heart several times before a speech expected to touch on the two countries' shared history and global challenges.
He's confident, he added, that the USA and France can work out their disagreements on the matter because "on the long term we will have to face the same realities".
The two presidents had literally embraced each other, repeatedly talking up their much-vaunted friendship during the trip, but in his speech to Congress Macron rigorously pushed back against Trump's trade, climate and non-proliferation policies.
Urging the USA not to "close the door to the world", Mr. Macron told lawmakers that isolationism and nationalism "could be tempting" but were only temporary solutions that "would not douse, only inflame, the fears of our citizens". The United States is the one who invented this multilateritism. "You are the one now who has to help preserve and reinvent it".
Macron's speech highlighted the ways the USA and France have long sacrificed for each other. He also spoke of multilateralism, saying it was the United States that invested multilateralism, and it's not time that United States help and reinvent it.
Moreover, in a separate speech on April 25, Rouhani said, "Together with a leader of a European country, [Trump] says: 'We want to decide on an agreement reached by seven parties.' For what? Let's face it, there is no 'planet B, '" Macron said.
Macron expressed hope that the United States would re-enter the Paris climate accord, which President Donald Trump exited early in his administration.
President Trump has pushed an "America first" agenda on key global agreements, jobs, the military and immigration policy. "But I wanted us to agree upon a positive agenda. the Iran nuclear deal will be complied with and defended by France and the European Union".
Macron had come to Washington in part to plead for a more comprehensive "new agreement" that would address what he and Trump believe to be shortcomings of the existing accord. Under US law, the President has to recertify the agreement every few months.
In a solo news conference before his return home Wednesday night, Macron said that he was under no illusions about Trump's views on the Iran deal. Macron says his presidential campaign previous year was a victim of fake news, notably accusing Russian news sites RT and Sputnik.
He also warned against "terrorist propaganda that spreads its fanaticism on the Internet".
In Iran, Rouhani responded by ridiculing Trump, saying: "You have no expertise in politics, law or worldwide accords". Despite the current atmosphere in Washington, Macron remained optimistic that the disagreements between France and the United States, historic allies, would someday be resolved. Members of Congress cheered on many of his points.