Emmanuel Macron

Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to attend Bastille Day parade

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 12:43am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2017, 5:21pm

US President Donald Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to attend France’s Bastille Day celebrations as the two men put aside differences to pay tribute to the US soldiers who fought in France 100 years ago.

Trump will attend the traditional July 14 military parade where American troops will march alongside French soldiers to commemorate the centenary of the US entry into World War I, the offices of both leaders said.

Aside from the ceremonial aspects of the trip, “the two leaders will further build on the strong counter-terrorism cooperation and economic partnership between the two countries, and they will discuss many other issues of mutual concern,” the White House said in a statement.

While Macron has been spared some of the public criticism Trump has poured on European leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, the two have had some sparring from a distance.

Trump went out of his way to say he represented “Pittsburgh, not Paris” when justifying pulling out of the Paris climate accord, even though the mayor of Pittsburgh said he supports the accord to limit carbon emissions.

Macron responded by making a statement in English where he invited US scientists to France to carry out research “to make the planet great again,” hijacking Trump’s campaign slogan.

In February, before Macron was elected, Trump told a political meeting that he had a friend called Jim who never went to Paris anymore, because “Paris is no longer Paris,” suggesting that immigration and terrorism had damaged the French capital.

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Trump and Macron did meet face-to-face at the Nato summit in Brussels on May 25, where Macron, 39, treated Trump, 71, to a bone-crunching handshake, with Macron later boasting in an interview that the macho display was meant to send the message that he will hold his ground against the US president.

The two spoke by phone on Tuesday about international issues, when Macron issued the invitation. They’ll see each other again at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg July 7 and 8.