In Paris, Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

Things had already gotten weird between Trump and Macron when the president greeted the French first lady during their first meeting.

President Donald Trump is catching a little flack for remarks he made on camera to the first lady of France, Brigitte Macron. The U.S. and French leaders were meeting after the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Just three hours after Mr Trump Jr confirmed the meeting in an e-mail on June 7, Mr Trump took the stage in NY promising dirt on Mrs Clinton.

Along with other European and world leaders Macron has made no secret of his disappointment at Trump's June 1 decision to pull the USA out of the ambitious agreement reached at a United Nations climate conference in Paris in 2015.

On June 1, Donald Trump had announced that the United States was walking out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump says "most people would have taken that meeting", contradicting his incoming Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony that Donald Trump Jr. should have instead alerted authorities. She's all right. If we see her, we see her.

The Presidents engaged in a lengthy handshake that lasted several seconds.

It follows emails released by Mr Trump Jr in which he appeared to accept information from Russian Federation that could have damaged rival Hillary Clinton's campaign.

After the hospital, she met back up with her husband and the Macrons for a pomp-and-circumstance-filled arrival ceremony, and later, a tour of Les Invalides.

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The visit, along with the celebration of French national pride on Bastille Day, was cast by the White House as a commemoration of the US-French military alliance - both then and now.

Emmanuel Macron can be heard saying what appears to be "yes".

Macron hopes to demonstrate to Trump the willingness of France to play a broader role in global security affairs.

Trump on Thursday praised the "tremendous progress" in Iraq as represented by the retaking of Mosul, but warned that gains must not be lost. "Not a lawyer of the government, but a Russian lawyer", he said.

"France and the United States are longtime allies [.] united by freedom", said the American president. It's no longer Paris.

But he backed off those statements Thursday, saying instead that France would remain secure in Macron's hands.

Mr Trump has been denounced for comments deemed sexist, including criticising the looks of former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, media figure Ariana Huffington and models Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum.

"President Trump seems to be moving from what you could call a more nationalistic and populist foreign policy to something that is more mainstream", said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank.

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