Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to visit France next month
President Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to visit France for Bastille Day in mid-July.
“President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France, to celebrating this important day with the French people, and to commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
“The two leaders will further build on the strong counter-terrorism cooperation and economic partnership between the two countries, and they will discuss many other issues of mutual concern.”
The newly elected French leader had extended the invitation to Trump and first lady Melania during a phone call on Tuesday, according to reports.
The annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris is scheduled for July 14. The national French holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution.
Macron and Trump last met in June during the G7 summit in Italy. The French leader praised Trump on his “capacity to listen.”
“I found someone who is open and willing to deal well with us,” Macron said.
However, Macron and Trump have key policy differences, including over Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accords.
Macron launched a website with the purpose of combatting climate change. He dubbed the website “Make Our Planet Great Again,” a reference to Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Trump’s visit to France will come on the heels of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Updated: 11:57 a.m.