President Donald Trump is expected to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to Washington for an official state visit later this year, the first of his presidency, according to two diplomatic sources.
While a date for the visit has not yet been officially set and the White House has not made an announcement, sources say that could come as soon as this week, while Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The White House told CNN: “We don’t have an announcement to make at this time.” The first lady’s office did not return CNN’s request for comment.
The White House has hosted numerous world leaders in the first year of the Trump administration, but none were official state visits with all the trappings, pomp, circumstance and accompanying glittering state dinner.
Trump is the first president in decades to not host a state visit during his first year in office. The White House has said there’s no particular reason for the delay.
Trump himself has been feted in grand fashion across the globe, from an elaborate sword dance in the Saudi capital Riyadh to an intimate twilight tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
In July, Trump and first lady Melania Trump were Macron’s guests of honor on Bastille Day, where the President spent hours surveying a parade of troops, tanks, and aircraft that rolled down (and above) the Champs-Élysées. The trip also included Trump controversially complimenting Macron’s wife’s figure, though photos showed the Trumps and Macrons appearing to enjoy themselves, even sharing a meal together atop the Eiffel Tower.
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SOURCE: CNN, Michelle Kosinski