Donald Trump plans to invite Emmanuel Macron for a state visit later this year, according to CNN who spoke to several sources. A specific date has yet to be set. The visit could be announced as early as this week, during the American President’s visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The visit of the French President would be the first State visit by a foreign leader since the beginning of Trump’s presidency. State visits are considered the highest form of diplomatic contact between two countries. They’re marked by multiple ceremonies and joint declarations marking the friendship between two nations. Invited by Barack Obama, former French president François Hollande also had the honor of a State visit in February 2014.
If the visit is confirmed, Trump’s invitation would be a testament to the good relationship between the two men, despite several points of contention such as the American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement or threats from Trump to leave the Iran deal, not to mention their increasingly aggressive handshakes.
Macron has already rolled out the red carpet for Trump, inviting him to Paris for the traditional Bastille Day parade. The 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War I provided the perfect occasion for the invitation. Trump was so impressed with the French military parade that he suggested doing the same thing on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. The two leaders and their wives took advantage of this meeting to dine at the Jules Verne, the Michelin-starred restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.
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