Pres. Trump Heads to Paris for Bastille Day

Macron to host Trump for Bastille Day commemoration

Macron to host Trump for Bastille Day commemoration

U.S. President Donald Trump, who in the past has disparaged Paris as an unsafe city because of terrorist attacks, leaves for the French capital on Wednesday for counterterrorism talks with President Emmanuel Macron and to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S. troops entering World War I. "Macron is symbolically offering Trump his hand".

Still, Macron extended an invitation to Trump to join the national day celebrations, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. And the meetings on Thursday have been billed by both governments as a time to deepen the ties that bind the USA and France.

Fresh off the G20 summit, President Donald Trump is making a u-turn back to Europe, this time touching down in France.

According to the Elysee, the two leaders will also discuss Trump's decision to pull the USA from the historic worldwide Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

Macron's path to the presidency was almost as unlikely as Trump's.

The senior Trump administration official described the relationship between the presidents as "very positive".

And Macron's national security pitch hasn't differed drastically from Trump's.

Macron supports intervention against Syria's government in response to its use of chemical weapons and could prove an important ally as the Trump administration seeks to increase pressure against Damascus.

Trump, 71 and the oldest man to enter the office of US president, and Macron, 39, the youngest French president, have more in common than one might think, Rosenberg says. He will then have a working lunch with senior members of his delegation and senior U.S. military leaders, including Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford; U.S. European Command head Gen. Mike Scaparrotti; and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. On Syria, he argues for intervention, saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a threat to Syria and the Islamic State group is a threat to France. Despite no political experience, he pulled together an overwhelming legislative majority in France's parliament and recent polls show him with strong public popularity. But Merkel will be gone before they can cross paths.

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