US Scientists Afraid of Donald Trump Can Come to France: Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron has invited American scientists afraid of the U.S. President Donald Trump to France. Macron is seen as presidential candidate with high chances of winning the second round of French elections in May. Macron was talking about climate scientists in the United States as President Trump and his administration has denied human activity as main reason for climate change. Trump has said ‘no one really knows’ if climate change is real or not.
Poll surveys suggest that Macron has high chances of coming second in the first round of voting for presidential elections. In the second round, he has chances of defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin. The former economy minister in Hollande government has gained popularity among French voters. Macron posted his video message on Twitter and Facebook and his message has been shared by online users.
Government spending on research & development in France is low compared to the United States. France currently spends 2.23 percent of gross domestic product on research compared to 2.79 percent in the United States. Scientific community is concerned about statements made by President Trump but they are also aware that United States offers better opportunities for research compared to Europe.
In a video posted by Macron, he asserted, “I do know how your new president now has decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, as he is extremely skeptical of climate change. I have no doubt about climate change, and how committed we have to be regarding this issue.”
President Trump has not yet responded to comments made by Macron. President Trump issued many executive orders within days of him joining office. However, few of his orders have faced legal challenges. President Trump is currently facing protests all over the world regarding travel ban. However, new reports suggest that he might issue another order on travel ban.
Macron’s chances improved after Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s popularity among French voters declined due to scandal alleging family payments from public funds.
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