Trump and Macron celebrate similarities during US president’s Paris visit
President Donald Trump has made few friends in Europe since his election last year, but the leader and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were all smiles as they dined with their wives at Paris’ iconic Eiffel tower.
On the hundredth anniversary of the US’ entry into the First World War, the two presidents celebrated their similarities rather than their differences.
During a press conference, Trump said: “The friendship between our two nations, and ourselves I might add, is unbreakable. Our occasional disagreements are nothing compared to the immortal bonds of culture, destiny and liberty that unite us”.
However, Trump’s position on the Paris climate agreement was a hot topic.
Macron said: “I disagree with the way the Paris agreement and its importance is being interpreted [by the US]. We talked about this disagreement, as we should among leaders. Should this get in the way of the discussions on all other subjects? Definitely not, under no circumstances. We share common views and goals on many other subjects.”
Trump’s visit was somewhat marred, however, by the controversy that seems to follow him wherever he goes.
Demonstrators gathered to protest the president’s visit, although Trump will turn a blind eye as he looks towards Friday’s Bastille day celebrations.