It looks like the Franco-American relationship won’t be going to divorce court yet. President Donald Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to attend the annual Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées.
This year marks the centennial anniversary of the US’s entrance into World War I to fight beside the French troops. The French president made his invitation during a telephone call with Trump in preparation for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany the week before the July 14th parade. Macon also extended the invitation to First Lady Melania Trump.
“President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France, to celebrating this important day with the French people, and to commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a summary of the phone call.
A variety of issues will be on the table for discussion. Spicer said that issues around counter-terrorism and economic partnership would be a focus for the two leaders’ meeting. In a press conference on June 27, U.S. Secretary of Energy was asked if the White House believed the offer indicated France’s interest in negotiating a new climate change agreement.
“I would always look at an invitation to a party as a good thing,” responded Perry.
Based on a certain white-knuckled handshake, hashtag war, and shade-throwing website, it’s a safe bet that the agreement isn’t up for negotiation.
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