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Macron: Charm Offensive May Soften Trump's Climate Stance

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    There are several of infamous handshakes between presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, but this exchange at France's Bastille Day celebration turned into a 30-second marathon. The two didn't break their grasp even as Trump leans in to say goodbye to Macron's wife, Brigitte. (Published Friday, July 14, 2017)

    French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump might have changed the U.S. president's mind about climate change.

    Macron defended his outreach to Trump, saying in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper "our countries are friends, so we should be too."

    After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Macron said they gained "better, intimate knowledge of each other" during Trump's visit last week.

    Macron said "Trump listened to me" on their main point of contention — Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement— and "said he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

    WH Claims Internal Staff Friction Is 'Healthy Competition'

    [NATL] WH Claims Internal Staff Friction Just Side Effect of 'Healthy Competition'

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked Thursday about the friction playing out in the public eye between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, said conflict between White House staff is the result of "healthy competition." Sanders' comment came hours before the New Yorker magazine published a vulgarity-laced interview with Scaramucci.

    (Published Thursday, July 27, 2017)

    The French leader acknowledged Trump's visit was carefully choreographed to give Americans a "stronger image of France" after deadly Islamic extremist attacks damaged tourism.