Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris
Thursday - 13/07/2017 13:45
WITH major differences between them, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have met in Paris to focus on issues where they think they can take US-French relations forward.
Shortly before Mr Trump was to sit down with Mr Macron on Thursday, France’s recently elected leader said it is “obvious and indispensable” to have exchanges with Mr Trump, whose “America First” brand of politics has unnerved some stalwart European allies.
Mr Macron spoke at a news conference following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who, like Mr Macron, was deeply disappointed in Mr Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the US from a global agreement to combat climate change.
Mr Trump arrived in the French capital after an overnight flight from Washington for a whirlwind, 36-hour visit to meet with Mr Macron and tackle potential solutions to the crisis in Syria and discuss broader counter-terrorism strategies.
The president and first lady Melania Trump were greeted by Mr Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, at Les Invalides, site of Napoleon’s tomb.
Mr Trump planned to participate in Bastille Day celebrations on Friday and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I before returning to Washington.
The two presidents will hold a joint news conference on Thursday after their talks, and Trump may be asked to respond to Ms Merkel in addition to fielding questions about emails showing that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, welcomed the prospect of receiving Russian government support in last year’s presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton.
The leaders and their wives will cap Thursday with a lavish dinner at Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower.