“President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties…”
President Donald Trump will visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on on July 14, the French national holiday of Bastille Day.
French officials said Trump would attend a Bastille Day parade as part of commemorations marking 100 years since the United States entered World War I.
“To mark the occasion, American soldiers will take part in the parade alongside their French brothers in arms,” the Elysee Palace statement said.
The United States entered World War I in April 1917. Its first troops arrived in France in June 1917, at which time war-weary French forces were riven by mutiny after three years of fighting. American forces marched through Paris on July 4, 1917, after which Gen. John J. Pershing visited the grave of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, and Pershing aide Lt. Col.. Charles Stanton proclaimed, “Lafayette, we are here!”
France was the only international ally of the United States during the Revolutionary War, and a White House statement said Trump is mindful of the historic connection between the two nations.
“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,” the statement said.
“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 statement said.
The visit was announced after Trump spoke by phone with Macron on Tuesday.
He congratulated Macron on “France’s successful parliamentary elections” and complimented Macron “for his leadership of the new political party that secured a majority in the French National Assembly and wished him luck in launching his legislative agenda,” the White House said.
Reuters said the visit is intended to show that the two nations are allies even when their leaders hold opposing views.
“Beyond our differences on some subjects such as climate, it shows the strength and the links in our transatlantic ties and the convergence of views on counter-terrorism and our joint commitment in war zones,” Reuters quoted a French diplomat as saying.
First Lady Melania Trump will accompany the president.
The trip to Paris will come after the Trumps go to Poland and Germany. The president and first lady will leave Washington after the Fourth of July.
Trump will deliver a speech in Poland and meet with the leaders of countries that are bound by the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas. In Germany, Trump will participate in a G20 summit and is expected to meet face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Source: Western Journalism