Trump defends son's meeting, says most people would have taken it

Juan Luis becomes Jean Louis in honor of Bastille Day- PROVIDED

"She's in such good physical shape".

Of course, behind the scenes both Macron and Trump will spell out their respective visions on many important global issues.

Maintaining healthy ties with President Donald Trump is essential despite clear differences of opinion, the leaders of France and Germany said Thursday following their summit meeting.

Beyond the ceremonial, Mr Macron has a point to prove. "Otherwise you're going to make me look very bad", Trump mockingly addressed to Macron. Yet the two leaders draw comparisons from political observers who note both Macron and Trump shook up the political establishments in their countries, and both have promised wide-ranging reforms. Those who criticize him don't necessarily mention all of the facts about the Paris Climate Accord when they complain about President Trump's decision.

Brigitte Macron hugged Melania Trump.

Macron welcomed Trump with a warm handshake and smiles, a contrast to the clenched-jaw greeting they shared at their first encounter in May. "That wasn't even one of my picks", Trump said, referring to the reporter who was called on by Macron. I respect the decision of Donald Trump but I remain attached to the Paris agreement, "Macron said".

"Today there are too many European standards and qualifications and sometimes there is competition among Europeans internationally", Macron said.

The tail end of the group of cars took a wrong turn, drove onto oncoming traffic and barely dodged pedestrians, with the media not able to document Mr Trump's arrival to the United States ambassador's residence. Trump arrived July 13, and will be the guest of honor during the Bastille Day military parade July 14.

The nations' history in taking up arms together goes back much farther, with France providing vital assistance during the Revolutionary War.

Patting Trump on the back several times, the French president smiled as they began a tour of the grand 17th century military complex.

"This is one of the most attractive countries in the world". "He's not going to be easy on people who are breaking the law".

The Chinese journalist asked questions of both presidents, first addressing Macron in French and then speaking to Trump in English.

On the eve of the parade, Trump will visit Napoleon's tomb, hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and share a Michelin-starred dinner atop the Eiffel Tower.

President Trump also addressed serious issued in Paris, discussing his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer and declining to repeat his previous criticisms of the city. McMaster focused on the trip that Trump took in Poland before the G-20 began, stressing America's commitment to Polish and European freedom. Just this week he's added a few new plaudits to the compendium of Trump Praise.

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