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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes U.S President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris Thursday, July 13, 2017. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planned to meet Thursday in Paris to focus on issue where they can take U.S.-French relations forward, security and defense issues chief among them. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Macron said he and Trump ‘have a number of disagreements’ on climate change


Updated July 13, 2017 03:42 PM EDT
French President Macron discusses his relationship with Russia

WATCH | President Macron discusses France's relationship with Russia and President Putin.

Updated July 13, 2017 01:47 PM EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron says that he has “a number of disagreements” with President Trump on climate change.

“We have a number of disagreements,” he said Thursday during a joint press conference with Trump in Paris. “Here we know what our disagreements are.”

“I remain extremely attached to the Paris accord,” Macron added by way of example. “It remains an international breakthrough.”

“Should that have an impact on all the other discussions we are having? Absolutely not. We shall move forward together.”

Trump said he remains open to discussing the Paris climate deal, the landmark 2015 agreement which has been signed by 195 nations.

“Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. If it happens that will be wonderful. It it doesn’t, that would be OK too.”

Trump removed the U.S. from the Paris accord last month, sparking global concern about America’s commitment to fighting climate change.

Macron is a staunch supporter of the deal and pledged to pressure Trump to reevaluate his position on it ahead of their meeting Thursday.

Trump additionally dismissed criticism of his son Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting,” he said. “It’s called opposition research, research on my opponent. That’s very standard in politics.”

“Zero happened from that meeting,” Trump added of his son’s huddle with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

“Nothing came from that meeting. I think it’s a meeting that most people in politics would have taken.”

Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain Tuesday revealing an intermediary reached out to him in June 2016 about meeting with a “Russian government attorney.”

A conversation between Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya was ultimately arranged on the promise the latter gave damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The revelations have sparked controversy as the U.S. intelligence community has previously concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 race to help Trump beat Clinton.

The FBI and several congressional committees are probing Russian interference in the 2016 race, including possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

Updated July 13, 2017 12:46 PM EDT

Watch the press conference live.

President Trump is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday, and the two will hold a joint press conference.

Trump will likely face questions about last year's meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in which the president's son expected incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. released his email chain with Rob Goldstone on Twitter on Tuesday "In order to be totally transparent."

When Trump accepted Macron's invite to come to Paris in May, White House Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement to address what Trump hoped to achieve.

“The two leaders will further build on the strong counter-terrorism cooperation and economic partnership between the two countries, and they will discuss many other issues of mutual concern.”

This will be President Trump's third visit to Europe. He previously visited Italy and Belgium.

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