For others, inviting Trump was a means for Macron to bolster the global image of France - notably before his presidency is put to its first major domestic test this fall, when the French president will attempt to shove a controversial labor reform through Parliament.
The U.S. president finally patted Marcon's hand again and then reached out with his left to greet the French first lady. After a handful of hand very troublesome upon his arrival on the scene, the 45th u.s. president could not help but have a word with Brigitte Macron. 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.
This year's festivities, which also commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, is being marked by French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to his US counterpart Donald Trump to participate as a guest of honor. I just start kissing them.
On Friday, Trump is expected to participate in the celebrations of Bastille Day, the French National Day, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of USA troops onto French soil during World War I.
TRUMP: French and American patriots have fought together, bled together and died together in the fight for our countries and our civilizations.
Eight U.S. planes joined the parade, along with a detachment of 145 troops on the ground.
On June 1, Trump, who repeatedly criticized the Paris Agreement during his election campaign as potentially risky for the USA economy and employment, announced his country's withdrawal from the accord and faced criticism from the many world leaders, activists and environmental watchdogs.
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President Donald Trump was the guest of honor at the parade, and French and American flags were prominent throughout.
That was all before Trump took the White House.
"I wont let myself be fucked like that", he said in the closed-door hearing, according to two parliamentary sources, confirming information by Challenges magazine. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he wants Donald Trump Jr.to testify in open session as soon as next week. Speaking at a joint press conference, Trump reversed his previous negative talk about France and even said he'd happily return to Paris.
The president says it's important for Republicans under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get a health care plan approved.
Despite their differences on climate change and trade, the two leaders focused on their close cooperation against IS in Syria and Iraq. "That being said, it does not prevent us from cooperating in many fields", Macron said Saturday.
But whether the US returns to the accord remains to be seen, and no one's holding their breath.
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