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French Finance Minister: Macron Wants 'Full and Permanent Exemption' From Trump Tariffs

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The French president lands in Washington Monday for a three-day state visit – the first since Trump took office. AFP  Mandel NGAN

Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Iran deal by May 12 unless U.S. and European negotiators agree to fix what he calls its serious flaws. "Let's see what he will decide on May 1".

"Finally on trade - the other burning issue on the table - Macron will reiterate Europe's demand that it be definitively spared from punishing new steel and aluminum tariffs, days before a temporary exemption is due to expire. I just say, where are your priorities?"

Macron has urged Trump not to scrap the deal in the absence of an alternative."I don't have any Plan B for nuclear - against Iran", Macron told Fox News Sunday in an English-language interview, arguing that working to curb Tehran's missile program and contain its regional influence could be accomplished in addition to the 2015 accord.

Macron said last week that he believed he had persuaded Trump to keep US troops in Syria, but Trump has been insistent on bringing them home, although he has not publicly provided a definite timetable. He warned that Iran, which has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most supportive ally, will overrun Syria if the countries exit too quickly.

French president avoided weighing in on a U.S. investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"And they will prepare the new war".

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Macron also said he'll ask Congress for its support in efforts to stamp out terrorism and reign in rouge nations.

"I will be very blunt".

He described the U.S.as "one of the last resorts" for peace and multilateralism.

He said he and Trump "have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides". A U.S. diplomat acknowledged that getting Trump to buy in will be the "trickiest" part of the problem. "Here, in this office, I'm not the one to judge and in certain ways, to explain to your people what should be your president".

"We will have to build the new Syria afterward, and that's why I think the USA hold is very important", he said.

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