US and French presidents appear to want to put aside differences on climate change and cooperate on Syria and terrorism

Donald Trump has made gushing show of friendship to the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, saying the two countries had an “unbreakable bond” and pledging to draw up a road map for post-conflict Syria and asserting that the two leaders could work together despite clear differences on climate change.

But when he appeared alongside Macron under the golden chandeliers of the Élysée Palace after two hours of talks about Syria, Iraq and counter-terrorism, Trump immediately faced fresh questions over allegations that his family sought to collude with Russia to win the 2016 US election.

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