Macron welcomes guest of honour Trump at Paris Bastille Day celebrations

James Marshall
July 18, 2017

Unlike his French counterpart Macron, US President Donald Trump had quite a serious face as the smash hit "Get Lucky" was performed by a French brass band at Bastille Day celebrations in the heart of Paris.

Trump ostensibly used the city of Paris as a foil during his 2016 campaign, regularly using it to show the impacts of crime, terrorism and runaway bureaucracy. "If it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't, that will be okay too".

Mr Macron said at the conference: "There is no sudden and unexpected change today, otherwise we would have announced it, but there is the shared intention to continue discussing these issues". And I said, 'Jim, let me ask you a question: "How's Paris doing", Trump recalled.

Mr Trump has been denounced for comments deemed sexist, including criticising the looks of former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, and comedienne Rosie O'Donnell.

Mr Trump, 71, who has come under fire for his comments about women's appearances, and his wife Melania, 47, met French President Emmanuel Macron, 39, and his wife, 64, at Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French war heroes are buried.

"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.

"The presence at my side of the president of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, and of his wife, is the sign of a friendship across the ages", Macron said.

"On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period", Mr Macron said.

Macron responded to Trump's departure by delivering a not-so-subtle message directly to him in English: "Make our planet great again", he said, cribbing the frame of Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

The story of Jim has become one of the more unique staples of Trump's political career, a story he used to knock more liberal French policies on immigration and terrorism, while building up his own plan of stemming the number of refugees entering the U.S. and implementing a travel ban against people from six-Muslim majority countries.

It comes after the two leaders met at the G20 event in Hamburg last week, where Mr Trump also held his first bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he reportedly confronted him about attempts to interfere in the United States election.

The menu could include sea bream, tiny artichokes and blue lobster - vastly different from Trump's standard fare of steaks and diet coke.

The President has doubled down to defend his son, saying he is "open, transparent and innocent". "It is called opposition research. that is very standard in politics".

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