French President Emmanuel Macron rocks US Congress with speech

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He faced opposition from most Democrats, who said they were concerned that his hawkishness would reinforce and amplify Trump's own hawkish tendencies in world affairs.

On Wednesday, Mr Macron used similar language to describe frequent shifts in the USA position on global issues, including climate change and the Iran agreement.

Macron is using a three-day state visit to the United States as a high-stakes bid to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, which many in the West see as the best hope of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and heading off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

And while Macron had plenty of criticism, he also expressed hope that the USA and France could work together on this pressing issue.

On Wednesday, he demanded again that the U.S.do its part to provide future generations with "a planet that is still habitable in 25 years". "With unchecked greenhouse gas emissions, plunging biodiversity and increasing ocean pollution, "we are killing our planet".

"Let us face it: There is no Planet B".

Meanwhile German Chancellor Angela Markel will visit US President Donald Trump on Friday in an effort to minimize differences over the nuclear deal with Iran.

Pompeo and the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers will likely focus on how to counter Russian cyberattacks and other interference in Western democracies, as well as Moscow's role in protecting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions.

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"Iran has a wide range of options both inside and outside of the JCPOA and surely, the reaction from Iran and the global community will be unpleasant for the Americans", Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in NY. What we cherish is at stake. We have no choice but to prevail, and together we shall prevail.

Pompeo's supporters said he did well during 15 months leading the Central Intelligence Agency, and said the United States badly needed a leader at the State Department.

Macron warned "we are living in a time of anger and fear" and said now the United States and France must show that democracy is the path forward.

"Since 1776, we, the American and French people, have had a rendezvous with freedom", Macron said. "You can play with fear and anger for a time, but they do not accomplish anything". Anger only freezes and weakens us.

"But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. It will not douse, but inflame, the fears of our citizens", he said.

The main topic of his discussions with Trump was the pact to freeze Iran's nuclear program, which the USA president has threatened to scrap but France wants to keep in force. In this context, he said, the administration has to weigh the impacts on Middle East stability if the Iran agreement "does not get extended and maintain the verification - intrusive verification - that we need". We must ensure stability and respect sovereignty of the nations, including that one of Iran.

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Earlier in the day he dismissed the accord as "insane" and "ridiculous". But there might be a compromise: Macron said the deal needs to stay in place but could be strengthened to include what Trump says it lacks.

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