President Trump meets French president in Paris before Bastille Day
THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — It was a show of pomp and circumstance Thursday as French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed President Trump and first lady Melania Trump with a military parade at the Les Invalides in Paris.
Trump and Macron seemed all smiles as the Frenchman greeted the American and they, along with their wives, toured Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon’s tomb. The two leaders shared another lengthy handshake, seemingly less a tug-of-war than their first infamous handshake at the NATO summit in May.
Trump was scheduled to attend a private luncheon with military leaders Thursday where he was expected to greet military and embassy personnel.
Trump and Macron intend to have a more serious one-on-one meeting later Thursday, where the two are expected to discuss counterterrorism and possible solutions to the crisis in Syria.
After their meeting, they’ll hold a news conference, the first for Trump since the news broke of son Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last year with a Russian attorney.
Trump and Macron will dine later Thursday night at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne.
This is the third meeting between Trump, 71, and Macron, 39. Trump has been critical of Paris, implying it’s no longer a safe place to visit because of terrorism. During the French election, Trump praised Macron’s opponent, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, for being tough on borders in her country.
The newly elected Macron has been critical of Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement and his approach to climate change.
Trump arrived in Paris early Thursday morning for his two-day trip before a Bastille Day celebration Friday where he will be the guest of honor.
He arrived with the first lady at Paris Orly Airport around 8:45 a.m. local time.
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