First lady releases menu, details for Macron’s state visit
The White House on Monday revealed the menu, entertainment and other details of the first state visit of the Trump administration in anticipation of the French president’s arrival.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife will stay in Washington, D.C., to start the week. The couple will join President Trump and first lady Melania Trump on a trip to George Washington’s old home at Mount Vernon on Monday night, before taking place in a flurry of events Tuesday.
Roughly 500 members of the U.S. military and dozens of government officials will greet Macron at the White House for a welcoming ceremony on Tuesday morning.
After months of preparations, @POTUS and I are looking forward to hosting our first State Dinner with France! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this visit a success. pic.twitter.com/j7fKmUhISJ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 23, 2018
The first lady selected specific décor, entertainment and food options for Tuesday night’s state dinner, the White House said.
The menu will consist of three courses, which will include American dishes with French influences. The main course will be a rack of spring lamb with Carolina gold rice jambalaya.
The White House will serve wines made from French plants harvested in Oregon.
The Washington National Opera from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts will perform for the night’s entertainment.
Several foreign leaders have visited the White House since Trump took office, but Macron’s will be the first ceremonial state visit. The French president said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he and Trump have developed a strong personal relationship.