White House won’t drop nuclear deal but Biden will call Macron after furious reaction

White House won’t drop nuclear deal but Biden will call Macron after furious reaction
Joe Biden will call Emmanuel Macron in the coming days to “reaffirm” the United States’ commitment to France following the country’s dramatic reaction to a new nuclear alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom.

Joe Biden will call Emmanuel Macron in the coming days to “reaffirm” the United States’ commitment to France following the country’s dramatic reaction to a new nuclear alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the leaders of the two countries would speak in the coming days, but that the US had no plans to abandon the “AUKUS” alliance that sunk France’s $90bn submarine contract with Australia

“What I expect the president will do on that call is reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing,” she said.

Asked if the US is responsible for “reparations” to make up for France’s economic loss over the cancelled contract, Ms Psaki said the administration understands that hundreds of jobs would be lost but that it would not be the focus of Mr Biden’s call with Mr Macron.

This is a developing story.

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