“My view – I don’t know what your president will decide – is that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,” Macron said.
He noted that such a move can work in the short term but is “very insane in the medium to long term.”
Macron’s comments signal his inability to change Trump’s mind about the deal during his U.S. visit. The French leader, who has developed a good relationship with the president, will now likely focus on addressing the consequences that Trump’s actions will trigger.
Macron said his U.S. visit was a success in advancing a potential framework for Iran and the U.S. after the likely collapse of the nuclear deal. He also predicted that the U.S. will implement “tough sanctions” following its departure from the deal.
Trump is likely to leave the deal on May 12 – the next deadline for the president to update Congress about Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.