>> French President, Emmanuel Macron, is visiting Russia's President, Vladimir Putin. But it's a third man, the American President, Donald Trump, that may have left the Frenchman with little leverage over the Russian on hotspots like Syria, Ukraine and Iran. Macron has tried to act as a quiet mediator between the superpowers.
>> I like him a lot.>> In the year that Macron's been in power, and despite the love, Trump's pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, split from his closest European allies, including France, in backing out of the Iran nuclear deal, and then threatened Europe itself with a trade war.
>> In fact, I'll get that piece of dandruff off.>> So the Euro-American alliance is not at a high point. And without that unity, Macron's strategy has likely lost a lot of cloud. On Syria, for example, he is known to have sent at least to letters to Putin in the last year regarding humanitarian corporation, and never got a clear response back.
On Iran, Macron's trying to seek a grand bargain with Russia, China, and Iran that could bring the US back into the fold. Yet he's negotiating with some far bigger countries whose interests don't necessarily align with his own. Russia's former ambassador to France told us the solutions to such crises depend on factions outside Moscow and Paris.