President Donald Trump has publicly praised French President Emmanuel Macron, even as his aides begin the French occupation of the G7 Summit, according to multiple reports.
Although Trump boasted of his "special relationship" with Macron during a private luncheon at the start of the summit, his aides reportedly believed that the French had organized the event in a way to combat the United States in by focusing on the "niche issue" at the expense of the economy.
Bloomberg News reports that US officials privately accused Macron of trying to isolate Trump by focusing almost all discussions on climate change, a topic whose odds are against his. fellow leaders in the world.
The New York Times similarly reported that senior administration officials believed Macron was appealing to his domestic audience by focusing on climate change, gender equality and equality, and development. of Africa.
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Americans, on the other hand, are expected to focus more on national security and a potential economic slowdown.
US officials told Bloomberg that they believed the French were tying to embarrass Trump on issues such as climate change, though a French official also told a news outlet ignoring the change Climate is not an option.
The US-France controversy is not the only dispute between world powers this weekend. The summit is off to a fresh start, with leaders exchanging barbs, posturing, and making trade threats.
This year's summit, held in Biarritz, France, is set to run until Monday.