France’s Emmanuel Macron will take a tough stance on Monday as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, hosts the talks. Meanwhile, the president is trying to establish a relationship with elected Joe Biden.
Pompeo arrived in Paris on Saturday on the start of a seven-nation tour of US allies.
Top US diplomat has been criticized for supporting the president in raising allegations of electoral fraud.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” the disobedient Pompeo told reporters after announcing his trip last week.
World leaders have no doubt seen who the winner is, and Macron was one of the first people to congratulate Biden and speak on the phone.
Pompeo criticized such references to Biden, telling Fox News that such calls to Biden would not be counterproductive.
“But make no mistake about it, we have a president, a secretary of state, a national security team,” he said.
Auxiliaries to the French presidency have said that it was Pompeo who met with Macron and that “this was allowed in full transparency with the team of President-elect Joe Biden”.
As a sign of the unrest caused by his visit, no press conference is planned after the meeting with Macron and a special meeting with Pompeo’s French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
A senior State Department official asked if Pompeo would force allies to keep Trump in power. The former CIA director said he had a broad strategy for American interests and “he continues to be secretary of state.”
– Current Disagreements –
Unlike some other EU leaders, Macron initially tried to win Trump over, making him a special guest at the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in 2017 – a travel tower that includes dinner with their partners on the second floor of the Eiffel.
But analysts say Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal in 2015 and the two leaders’ horny trade in Iran and the imposition of taxes on digital giants have little effect on his efforts.
“The strong ties between our countries cannot be overstated and I look forward to my discussions in Paris,” he said.
But there is a lot of potential for conflict.
Le Drian said Friday that Trump’s plans to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan have raised concerns in France, which has been devastated by a number of jihadist attacks.
“We don’t think that will happen,” Le Drian said in a television interview.
EU leaders are still trying to defend a hard-won international agreement to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions at the beginning of Trump’s term.
A senior Trump administration official told the media that Washington’s policy of “putting maximum pressure” on its historic enemy, Iran, “will not end in the coming months.”
– Farewell Tour? –
Dare to speak the name of Pompeo, the face of the farewell tour, there were no official official interactions in Paris over the weekend, he spent with his wife Susan.
Victims of the terrorist attack in France on Monday morning will be remembered. Including the beheaded teacher Samuel Patty in the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and the three men who were stabbed to death in a mosque in Nice.
From Paris he travels to Istanbul, where his travels have already caused conflict.
Pompeo’s sole meeting with the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox world, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, was the main subject of the evangelical Christian Pompeo to discuss religious freedom.
Pompeo will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to congratulate Biden, despite being Trump’s closest ally.
According to the Israeli daily Haaretz and the news site Axios, Pompeo will become the first Secretary of State to visit one of Israel’s residences in the occupied Palestinian territories, which is considered illegal in all other countries, as well as the Golan Heights. Trump acknowledges Israel.
Pompeo will also visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Georgia.
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