Trump went to France, and some incredibly awkward things happened

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

The parade coupled traditional displays of military might with a look at wars past and present - and a nod to the US role in both.

President Donald Trump may be the master of awkward interactions. But if his plan was to strengthen France's ties to the USA, it seems to have worked.

In a rare news conference Thursday - in which both presidents took two questions - Trump made no secret of his delight at Macron's invitation. But those concerns paraded along the Champs Elysee along with French and American troops to commemorate the French Revolution and the entry of the USA into the First World War 100 years ago.

Trump said "nothing happened from the meeting", and insisted that Trump Jr. had committed no wrongdoing.

In front of Macron, his wife and several cameras Trump said to the French first lady, 'You're in such good shape.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Trump is in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day and to mark the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War I. American troops will join their French counterparts in a military parade tomorrow along the Champs-Elysees, a symbol of the longstanding ties between the United States and its oldest ally.

One marching group evoked another military landmark of Franco-American history, carrying a pennant marked "Fregate Lafayette", a frigate of the French navy named after the 18th century French aristocrat general Marquis de Lafayette, who helped in the American Revolutionary War against the British.

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Europe is still adapting to President Trump, although changes are emerging on the continent.

Trump's remarks about Mme Macron's figure wasn't the first moment of his French visit that's since made headlines.

Trump is in Paris to join French President Emmanuel Macron for Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.

As Trump and USA first lady Melania Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte, he apparently couldn't help but remark on her figure. "We'll see what happens", Trump told reporters.

In France, the jury was out as to Macron's precise motives in inviting - and embracing - Trump for an impromptu visit this week. Speaking at a joint press conference, Trump reversed his previous negative talk about France and even said he'd happily return to Paris.

The parade concludes a visit which Mr Macron hoped would boost France's standing on the world stage, despite disagreeing with his American counterpart on policy issues such as climate change.

When Trump and Macron appeared at a press conference together in the Élysée Palace following a two-hour private discussion of global crises like Syria, Iraq, and counter-terrorist measures their two nations should take, Trump was faced with a barrage of questions from the press about the new information about Trump's possible Russian connection.

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