“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris“, he said just last month as he announced the USA would leave the Paris climate agreement.
The 47-year-old American first lady paid tribute to the Liberation of Paris while celebrating Bastille Day with her husband, President Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron at a parade.
Trump’s visit began Thursday with a trip to Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides, where he was given full military honors as he and Melania Trump met Macron and his wife, Brigitte.
The post President Trump can’t escape Russian Federation questions in Paris appeared first on PBS NewsHour. All that, together with an emerging presidential style some commentators have dubbed “Jupiterian” for its aloofness, have helped bolster the impression that Mr Macron seeks to widen France’s role on the European and broader worldwide stage.
“Macron’s initiative to host a climate conference in Paris in December allows him to keep the pressure on Trump”.
“Five of the 145 US troops marching in Friday’s parade wore period World War I uniforms”.
“What our two countries share is stronger (than our differences), given our peoples and our histories and our values as well”.
For Mr Macron, 39, the visit is a chance to use soft diplomacy to win Mr Trump’s confidence and set about influencing United States foreign policy, which European leaders said lacks direction. “We have all of this lovely Irish press”, he said while speaking to politician Leo Varadkar. France has recently been ground zero for terrorist attacks.
At least for the moment, that role is Macron’s for the taking – and he may succeed in securing it. Twitter users appropriately lit up Trump’s mentions for the objectification of an important political figure.
“The signal was that France is back again – now, whether that’s lasting, only time will tell”.
The French were more restrained about Mr Trump’s comments. Nobody accused her of having sinister meetings with Russians.
Mr Trump Jr released emails this week from 2016 in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “I love it”, the then-candidate’s son responded.
President Trump has an extensive list of things he doesn’t like, from travel to exercise.
In France, the jury was out as to Macron’s precise motives in inviting – and embracing – Trump for an impromptu visit this week.
In the span of one minute on Friday, the two leaders hugged each other and shook hands twice, in what looked for all the world like a literal implementation of Macron’s plan to engage with Trump.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Donald Trump to Paris on Thursday with a warm handshake and smiles, a contrast to the clenched-jaw greeting they shared at their first meeting in May.
Macron made a point of detailing both the long history of ties between France and America and the areas where he and Trump disagree as he hosted the US president for a Bastille Day visit. Trump’s brand of “America First” politics had unsettled some European allies.
The Paris visit, however, seemed to establish the inklings of a working relationship between these two seemingly incompatible figures.
Still, there are many points of contention, including the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
The two men could be seen talking animatedly as US and French fighter jets roared overhead.
“When it comes to fighting terrorism, from day one, I can say that we’ve seen eye-to-eye and we are strongly determined to take necessary measures in order to root out terrorism and to eradicate it”, Macron said through a translator. Asked about the friend called “Jim” whom he cited on the campaign trail a year ago saying “Paris isn’t Paris anymore” because of the threat of extremism, Mr Trump rowed back and said the city was “going to be just fine” because France now has a “great” and “tough” president. But Merkel will be gone before they can cross paths.