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For Macron, a Warm Embrace Before Trump Assails the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mr. Macron, who plans to lobby Mr. Trump during his visit not to abandon the accord, said the discussions would go beyond the agreement itself and focus on a broader containment strategy for Iran.

“The Iran deal is an important issue, but we have to take a far broader picture, which is security in the overall region,” Mr. Macron said. “What we want to do is to contain Iran and its presence in the region.”

The comments on Iran came on a day of pomp and ceremony, as Mr. Trump rolled out the red carpet for Mr. Macron and praised their warm relationship before meetings that will touch on crucial disagreements.

“The wonderful friendship we have developed over the last year is a testament to the enduring friendship that binds our two nations,” Mr. Trump said, standing on the South Lawn of the White House with Mr. Macron and their wives at an elaborate welcome ceremony. “Your visit, Mr. President, comes at a critical time for our alliance.”

He noted that the French, along with the British, had joined the United States earlier this month in a military strike in Syria in response to the Assad government’s use of chemical weapons on its own people. He thanked Mr. Macron and the French people for “their steadfast partnership.”

That issue is expected to come up in formal meetings between Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron and their aides later Tuesday, along with the dispute over the Iran deal..

“It is together,” Mr. Macron said during the morning ceremony, “that we will counter the proliferation of arms of massive destruction, be it in North Korea or Iran.”

He also alluded to Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, another point of tension in the relationship.

“It is together that we will be able to act effectively for our planet,” Mr. Macron said. “On this issue, we do not always agree as to the solutions, but in the end, such is the case in any family and in any friendship, and it is also where the fate of our children is at stake.”

Before the men spoke, the strains of military marches and patriotic songs provided a festive backdrop as Mr. Trump led Mr. Macron on a review of American troops in front of the White House, showing off dress uniforms — some in traditional Revolutionary garb — and shiny weapons. It is something of a reciprocal gesture for the grand Bastille Day military parade Mr. Trump attended last summer in Paris as Mr. Macron’s guest.

Later on Tuesday, the president and the first lady, Melania Trump, will host Mr. Macron and his wife Brigitte at an opulent state dinner featuring rack of lamb and jambalaya, with nectarine tart for dessert.

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