'No Trump Zone' Planned in Paris Ahead of Bastille Day Celebration

Thursday, 13 Jul, 2017

Trump arrived in the French capital on Thursday morning, just hours before he meets with Macron to tackle potential solutions to the crisis in Syria and broader counterterrorism strategies. By contrast, the 71-year-old Trump is the oldest person ever elected to the White House. He can still plausibly speak of transforming his country into a nation of "start-ups" and unleashing innovation, airy ambitions vaguely shared by Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner.

There are already tensions over climate change and trade, while Trump was openly critical of the European Union past year and snubbed a handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their first meeting in March.

On his arrival in Paris, Trump headed straight to the USA ambassador's residence where he will lunch with top US military brass before meeting Macron at the Hotel des Invalides, a grand 17th century complex where Napoleon Bonaparte and other war heroes are buried.

The scandal has now entangled his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who on Tuesday released emails showing he embraced Russia's efforts to support his father's presidential campaign, and admitting he would "love" to get dirt from Moscow on Clinton. Trump, 70, bluntly tweeted his admiration for Macron's far-right election rival, Marine Le Pen, and he told a conservative convention that because of the terrorist attacks, "Paris is no longer Paris". The U.S. president also will lunch with military officials, tour the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte and join in Bastille Day celebrations Friday. "It's not the Alpha and the Omega of politics, but a moment of truth". -French cooperation both there and on other counterterror issues to take up most of the discussion, while there could also be some follow-up to last week's G-20 summit in Germany.

On Syria, he argues for intervention, saying President Bashar Assad is a threat to Syria and the Islamic State group is a threat to France.

Trump's June 1 decision to pull out of the Paris agreement set the tone for his relationship with Macron, who had taken office only two-and-a-half weeks prior. But they also share certain goals, such as reducing the number of workers in their respective governments. "Macron and the president have somewhat different views on how to achieve the end goal, but I think the end goal is the same", Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn said last week.

The French government will present draft legislation in September aimed at reducing the amount of time spent on processing asylum requests, and on finding more accommodation for asylum seekers, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. "We still live in a risky world". "There are some issues where we see the world a little bit differently, but many issues where we see the world more or less the same".

"Which leaves Macron - who's also been critical of Germany's trade position, and who's vowed to bring French defense spending up to NATO's target of 2 percent of gross domestic product - as the obvious dance partner for the USA while Trump is in Europe".