Trump leaves on first official trip to Paris


President Trump left Washington for Paris on Wednesday evening amid the growing cloud of scrutiny surrounding the White House over alleged ties between Trump associates and Russians that may have sought to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump will attend a military parade with French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating France’s Bastille Day and the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

The Western leaders are also expected to dine at the lavish Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

{mosads}Macron invited Trump to Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, last June. The pair also saw each other during last week’s Group of 20 summit in Germany.

The two leaders have various policy disagreements, most notably on the issue of climate change.

Trump announced in June that he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, and his French counterpart responded by launching a website aimed at attracting American scientists to work in Paris. It was titled “Make Our Planet Great Again,” a twist on Trump’s campaign slogan.

The president’s trip comes as the administration deals with additional scrutiny surrounding the probe into Russian election meddling. The New York Times this week reported that Donald Trump Jr. arranged a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign that included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The Russian lawyer had promised the Trump campaign damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump addressed the report on Wednesday, telling Reuters he had no knowledge of the meeting at the time.

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