Amid love-in, Trump and Macron search for Iran deal

They've been cuddling, touching hands and even shared the odd kiss - but can they do a deal?

They've been cuddling, touching hands and even shared the odd kiss - but can they do a deal?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Donald Trump's visit to France to meet president Emmanuel Macron has resulted in some odd – and overtly matey – scenes, including near-wrestling handshakes and a curious episode in which the American seemed to flick 'a little piece of dandruff' off the Frenchman's shoulder. 

They've been cuddling, touching hands and even shared the odd kiss.

But among the playfulness, the pair have suggested that there could be a new agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Mr Macron believes the deal should cover Iran's ballistic missile programme, and its role in the Middle East. Mr Trump is sceptical of the deal put together in 2015, and has spoken about "doing a much bigger, maybe, deal".

Iran warned of "severe consequences" if the US withdraws from the deal.

The US president has been threatening to reject an extension of the Obama-era nuclear pact reached between Tehran and world powers by a 12 May deadline.

So among the talk of how he “really likes this guy” with Macron, the true test of how much the European has exerted on Trump will come from action: Trump has so far offered few actual concessions to his guest’s policy agenda, from Ira to the security situation in Syria (where Trump wants to withdraw U.S. troops) and EU trade tariffs.

They may be mates, but will the Bromance lead to anything concrete?