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French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

With France in turmoil after days of violent nationwide protests over the rising cost of fuel, President Trump claimed in a tweet on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron has finally "agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago. The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed" because it increases the price of energy benefits some of the world’s "worst polluters."

"I want clean air and clean water and have been making great strides in improving America’s environment. But American taxpayers – and American workers – shouldn’t pay to clean up others countries’ pollution.”
— Trump continued in another tweet

Reality check: The president's tweet is erroneous as Macron did not back away from the climate agreement as Trump appears to indicate. The planned fuel tax increase, which Macron suspended on Monday, technically has nothing to do with the Paris Agreement that the White House announced its intent to withdraw the U.S. from last year.

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Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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Assassination in Iran sets stage for tense final 50 days of Trump

The funeral ceremony in Tehran. Photo: Iranian Defense Ministry via Getty

Iranian leaders are weighing their response to the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, known as the father of Iran’s military nuclear program, who was given a state funeral Monday in Tehran.

The big picture: Iran has accused Israel of carrying out Friday’s attack, but senior leaders have suggested that they’ll choose patience over an immediate escalation that could play into the hands of the Israelis and the outgoing Trump administration.

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