President Trump arrives in France on two-day visit

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2017

For Macron, France's youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago, it is an opportunity to use soft diplomacy to win Trump's confidence and set about influencing USA foreign policy at a time European diplomats say Washington lacks direction. Napoleon's tomb is located there. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also scheduled to meet Macron.

For Trump, the trip - which includes a trip to Napoleon's tomb, and dinner with the First Ladies at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower - will give him another shot at proving he can play the role of global statesman, while basking in the pomp and ceremony of an official visit.

Objections against Trump's visit to France have so far been muted, with the government insisting on the need to build bridges with the White House and avoid Trump becoming isolated internationally.

The young, inexperienced French president has been keen to increase France's influence on the world stage - and boost his standing at home, where political loyalties are still divided.

French officials also believe that it is important that Macron and Trump, despite their differences, establish a workable personal connection.

The two leaders are set to hold their meeting Thursday before speaking to reporters.

The eyes of the world will be turned toward Paris on Thursday when President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron square off for The Handshake: Part Deux.

The national anthems of both countries played as the men stood at attention before reviewing troops at a formal welcome ceremony for Trump.

The tour will be followed by bilateral meetings with President Macron and his senior advisors.

On Friday, the Trumps will attend the July 14th military parade on the Champs-Elysees, which will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of US forces landing on French soil during World War I. USA troops will open the parade Friday as is traditional for the guest of honor.

Within the past year, the United States and France both elected new presidents.

The president is noting in a video clip posted to his Twitter account that the bonds between the USA and France were "forged in the fires of war".

That means that his press conference alongside President Macron will be the first time he faces cameras and takes questions about that meeting and much more.

His first trip to Europe in May was shadowed by questions about his failure to mention NATO's principle of mutual self-defense - questions lent added weight by his uncritical past statements about Russian Federation.

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Trump arrived at Orly airport south of Paris early morning.

The streets were closed off to traffic while Trump's motorcade drove past, but the cars on the tail end of his entourage took a wrong turn, drove into oncoming traffic and barely dodged a few pedestrians. They were unable to cover Trump's arrival at the ambassador's residence.

Talks will focus on shared diplomatic and military endeavours, but an Elysee official said Mr Macron would not shy away from trickier issues.

Sources at the White House and in the French presidency insist ties are healthy even after a muscular handshake seen as a battle of wills between the two of them when they first met at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in May.

The sprawling Necker Hospital is one of Paris' oldest and was founded in 1778.

In the hospital's courtyard there is an installment titled The Tower, by American artist and social activist Keith Haring, who presented the gift to the facility in 1987.

Stunning in a red suit, the first lady met Martin Hirsch, the director of Paris' public hospital system and posed with hospital staff.

President Donald Trump arrives in Paris on Thursday for a meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron, a day ahead of the country's Bastille Day celebrations.

Mr Macron is good at flattering world leaders, and he has made more of an effort recently to woo Mr Trump.

While the two world leaders discuss climate change, those talks will inevitably lead to a discussion of their views for economic recovery in their respective nations. At 39, Macron is the youngest French president in modern times; the 71-year-old Trump is the oldest elected USA president in history.

"Getting rdy to leave for France @ the invitation of President Macron to celebrate & honor Bastille Day and 100yrs since U.S. entry into WWI", Trump tweeted prior to his flight.

But counterterrorism issues give Macron and Trump the potential for a strong working relationship.

President Donald Trump's relationship with Emmanuel Macron got off to an awkward start, with a jaw-clenching handshake at a summit in Brussels before the French president rebuked the USA leader for his stance on climate change.

David N. Bossie is President of Citizens United, a Fox News Contributor and the former Deputy Campaign Manager for Donald Trump for President.

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