Thur, July 13, 2017: Trump, Macron meet, hold press conference

President Trump on Thursday defended his eldest son’s decision last June to meet with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the election campaign, saying “most people would have taken that meeting” and “nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened from the meeting.”

“My son is a wonderful young man,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in Paris with President Emmanuel Macron of France. “He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer. Not a government lawyer; a Russian lawyer.” Continue reading “Thur, July 13, 2017: Trump, Macron meet, hold press conference”

Thur, July 13, 2017: Trump honors U.S. WWII soldiers in Paris, tours Invalides monument with French President

3:52 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are meeting at the Invalides monument for a tour of the golden-domed building housing some of France’s greatest war heroes, including Napoleon Bonaparte and the Supreme Allied Commander in World War I.

The national anthems of both countries played as the men stood at attention before reviewing troops at a formal welcome ceremony for Trump.

The two presidents will hold a bilateral meeting later in the day after touring the grandiose military edifice.

Thursday’s ceremony precedes the Bastille Day military parade. Trump will be the parade’s guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. U.S. troops will open the parade Friday as is traditional for the guest of honor.

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3 p.m.

President Donald Trump is honoring American World War II veterans during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

The president is noting in a video clip posted to his Twitter account that the bonds between the U.S. and France were “forged in the fires of war.”

Trump was joined at the outdoor event by three American veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. The president is calling them “real heroes” who “fought for freedom in its hour of need.”

Trump is meeting later this afternoon with French President Emmanuel Macron and holding a joint news conference.

–The Associated Press

Melania Trump visits children’s hospital in Paris

U.S. first lady Melania Trump took her own path through Paris on Thursday as she and President Donald Trump began a two-day visit to the French capital, starting at a children’s hospital.

At Necker Hospital, Melania Trump visited a ward decorated with images from “The Little Prince,” an iconic French novel written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. She spoke briefly in French to six children, asking how they were and introducing herself before switching to a translator to ask how long they expected to stay. One of the children, a 14-year-old girl named Ysatis, was in a wheelchair and said she expected to leave the hospital Monday for a month of rehabilitation. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits children’s hospital in Paris”

Thur, July 13, 2017: Trump honors WWII vets in Paris, meets with Macron

8:45 am : Arrives with the first lady in Paris, France

12:30 pm: Participates in a luncheon with leaders of the U.S. Military; U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

3:45 pm: Tours Les Invalides

4:35 pm: Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France; Élysée Palace

6:25 pm: Holds a joint press conference with Macron; Élysée Palace

9:00 pm: With Mrs. Trump, has dinner with President and Mrs. Macron; Le Jules Verne

All times Central European Time.