French President Emmanuel Macron appeared before Congress on Wednesday, where he lamented about "fear and anger" defining policy while expressing hope that America returns to the Paris climate Agreement.
“Both in the United States and in Europe, we are living in a time of fear," Macron said before lawmakers. "You can play with fear and anger for a time, but they do not construct anything. Anger only freezes and weakens us."
"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 added.
As noted by The Hill, Macron issued this speech while "the Supreme Court was hearing arguments across the street about the latest version of the Trump travel ban, which restricts visitors from a number of Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States."
Regarding the tariffs that Trump has imposed on steel and aluminum imports, Macron said that such a "commercial war" will only undermine the West's mission for global security. “At the end of the day it will destroy jobs, increase prices and the middle class will have to pay for it," he said.
Macron also predicted that the United States will return to the Paris climate agreement, because "we are killing our planet."
“I’m sure, one day, the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement," he said. "And I’m sure we can work together to fulfill with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment. I believe in building a better future for our children, which requires offering them a planet that is still habitable in 25 years."
Finally, Macron pressed the United States to stop the "ever-growing virus of 'fake news,'" which he claimed is only particular to America.
"Without reason, without truce, there's no real democracy," he said. "Because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions. The corruption of information is an attempt to corrode the very spirit of our democracies."
"This is a time of determination and courage. What we cherish is at stake. What we love is in danger," he said. "We have no choice but to prevail, and together we shall prevail. Long live the friendship between France and the United States."