US Elections: World needs a globally active US leader, says French President Emmanuel Macron

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August 29, 2020 8:53 AM

Macron dodged a question about his own political plans, saying that in a time of crisis over the pandemic, he shouldn't be "distracted" by the question of whether he will seek another term in 2022.

Macron has watched with dismay as Trump pulled the U.S. out of multiple international agreements.Macron has watched with dismay as Trump pulled the U.S. out of multiple international agreements. (File image: Reuters)

He can’t vote in the U.S. presidential election, but French President Emmanuel Macron hopes whoever wins the November vote is more of a global player.

Following traditional diplomatic protocol, Macron wouldn’t say who he favors in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3 but promised to work well with whoever wins.

But President Donald Trump’s unapologetic “America-first” foreign policy has frustrated historic allies like France, who are closely following this year’s U.S. presidential race between Trump, the Republican candidate, and his Democratic Party rival, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Macron has watched with dismay as Trump pulled the U.S. out of multiple international agreements, including the 2015 landmark Paris climate change accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has also demanded that Europeans pay more for their defense, clashed with France over taxes and stoked tensions in global hotspots.

The two leaders’ once-friendly relationship has been increasingly strained.

“What’s important in the international context is that we have a United States that can play its role as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, a member that is fully involved in big multilateral questions,” Macron told reporters Friday.

“We need the United States for resolving the most complex conflicts, and we need to have a United States that is a partner in collective security,” he said.

Macron dodged a question about his own political plans, saying that in a time of crisis over the pandemic, he shouldn’t be “distracted” by the question of whether he will seek another term in 2022.

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