In comments published Thursday, Macron said “Europe is a necessity” after Trump expressed doubts about climate, the World Trade Organisation and multilateralism.
The visit is Trump’s visit to France as leader and he will discuss terrorism and security issues in Africa with Macron.
It comes after the two leaders met at the G20 event in Hamburg last week, where Trump also held his first bilateral meeting with President Putin and said he confronted him about attempts to interfere in the US election.
The pair will also dine, with their wives, Melania Trump and Brigitte Trogneaux, at the Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eifell Tower. The menu could include sea bream, tiny artichokes and blue lobster — vastly different from Trump’s standard fare of steaks and diet coke.
On Thursday, US First Lady Melania Trump visited Necker Hospital where she spoke to children in French, telling them they looked “very strong.” Later in the day she will tour Notre Dame and the Seine river with the French First Lady.
FIRESTORM AT HOME
The meeting comes as the US leader is engulfed in a political storm unfolding at home after his son, Donald Junior, published emails showing he had clearly expressed interest in receiving “private and confidential” information regarding Hillary Clinton from what he thought was a Russian government source.