Macron has deftly set himself up as a "strong man" to Trump over the issue of climate change. Recall his knuckle-crunching handshake with the American during the G20 summit in Berlin last July. Macron has slyly played on anti-Trump sentiments in Europe, re-coining the "Make America Great Again" slogan to "Make the Planet Great Again."
But all the while, Macron has been careful never to rebuke Trump personally. The French leader's desired portfolio is to promote himself as the interlocutor between Europe and America.
His calculations seem to be paying off, too, as can be gleaned from the way Trump is liaising most closely with Macron over what military steps to take on Syria.
Macron has other ambitions for revamping the former colonial power as a key player in the Middle East. This week, he wined and dined the young Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The pair shared a two-hour meal at the Louvre Museum and reportedly discussed strengthening the "strategic partnership" between France and Saudi Arabia.
Evidently, the president was lavishing the Saudi heir with French culture and arts and playing to the latter's pretensions for development in these domains. Macron said France would help the Saudi rulers create a national orchestra, theaters and film-making.
Macron's charm offensive earned prospective deals signed this week with Saudi Arabia worth $18 billion. The French are lined up for developing Saudi public infrastructure and utilities, water treatment, solar energy, petrochemicals, agriculture and tourism.
To smooth the signing of those deals, Macron provided important public relations for the Saudis this week. In a joint press conference in Paris, the French president defended the multibillion-dollar sales of warplanes to Saudi Arabia as being in the interests of "regional security."
With a straight face, Macron distorted Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen as a necessary "defense" against ballistic missiles being fired by Houthi rebels.
Macron also indulged the Saudi obsession that the Middle East's security is threatened by "Iranian expansionism."
Ingratiating himself with the head-chopping, terrorist-sponsoring Saudi regime was top priority for the ambitious Macron -- to the point where he glibly spouted outrageous lies about the abominable war in Yemen.
That also explains why Macron is keenly pushing the militarist agenda on Syria. The Saudis have long been soliciting the US and its European allies to launch a full-scale intervention in Syria to get rid of Assad and the Iranian-Hezbollah axis.
Macron knows he is banging war drums over Syria to entertain the Saudi despots and loosen their oil coffers for French benefits.