Jun 5, 2017

Macron in the driver seat

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, drives an electric golf car with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the garden of the Versailles Palace. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Emmanuel Macron, the new president of France, has emerged as one of the strongest voices for the old world order of, among other things, open borders, free movement of labor, and multilateral agreements like the Paris climate accord.

In a videotaped speech partly in English after Trump's Paris withdrawal, Macron offered a warm home to any American climate scientist or activist who wants to work in France, and concluded, "Make our planet great again."

Get smart: Macron is playing the pragmatist, delivering rebukes not just to Trump, but also Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk firm Eurasia Group. And he's awarding the grievance-filled Putin his most cherished thing -- recognition of Russia's importance on the world stage. Macron wants to work with pretty much everybody. That's a comfortable place to be, given that all of his serious problems are close to home.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

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Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."