Trump meets French president in Paris

14 July, 2017, 13:29 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • US First Lady Melania Trump speaks with people during a visit to the Necker Hospital in Paris

The event, which will also feature a bi-national flypast of fighter jets to symbolise present-day military co-operation between the two countries, follows his day of talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

More than 130,000 security and emergency service workers have been deployed to protect revellers during this year's Bastille Day celebrations, according to figures from France's Interior Ministry.

Trump said cryptically: "Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord".

The atmosphere in Washington is febrile since the revelations about a meeting past year between the eldest son of Donald Trump and lawyer, that he thought to be an emissary of the Russian government, is capable of providing information on Hillary Clinton.

Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, the 71-year-old stepped onto French soil for the first time as president hoping the visit will distract from weighty allegations that his family and inner circle colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump and Macron first met at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels in May where they exchanged a muscular handshake which Macron later described as "a moment of truth".

He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer.

Macron, who used a translator at points during the conference, said France and Russian Federation "have a lot of discrepancies" but that it's a necessity to work together to share information "and to try to build solutions".

He remained non-committal about the United States eventually rejoining the global climate agreement that bears Paris' name, telling Mr Macron, "if it happens that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't that will be OK too".

At the news conference, a French reporter asked the president about his often-repeated campaign anecdote about a friend who had told Mr. Trump that the threat of Islamic terrorism had ruined Paris. Trump continues to argue that stories about Russian meddling in the US election are overblown despite the new revelations about his son's meeting a year ago with a Russian lawyer.

Trump's demure wool attire with a cinched waist came from the age-old Parisian fashion house Christian Dior and riffed on its signature Bar Jacket. Just three hours after Mr Trump Jr confirmed the meeting in an e-mail on June 7, Mr Trump took the stage in NY promising dirt on Mrs Clinton.

Earlier this month he took to Twitter to mock USA television host Mika Brzezinski, saying she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he last saw her.

On Friday, before returning to the United States and a scheduled weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the first lady will again be beside her husband, viewing the National Day Parade in the center of Paris as it marches down the Avenue Champs-Elysees. "In this sense, the invitation by Macron to Trump for July 14 is an excellent idea".

The Trumps and Macrons toured sites on Thursday, including a trip to Napoleon's tomb at Les Invalides. "We'll see what happens".

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