The U.S. served as the country of honor and led the parade for the first time ever, according to the U.S. The president insists it was nothing out of the ordinary. And just last week, a 23-year-old man described as a far-right nationalist was arrested for plotting an assassination of Macron on Bastille Day. He's a fine person. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer. It lasted for a very short period.
"I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting". As NPR reported, the Saudi trip included lavish receptions and ostentatious ceremonies - including a mysterious glowing orb, upon which Trump and other leaders laid their hands.
After leaving France on Friday, Trump tweeted a photo of himself with Macron at the parade. He's criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for what he sees as inadequate defense spending. When he withdrew from the climate deal that's name for the city, he famously said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
Earlier, Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had praised Liu and called for his wife to be released. Trump did, however, pause during his remarks at one point to touch Marcon's arm, a gesture to which the French president did not appear to respond.
Trump and Macron took questions after sitting for extended talks on security matters, including the civil war in Syria and counterterrorism efforts. "He loves Paris. For years, every year, during the summer, he would go to Paris, it was automatic, with his wife and his family", Trump said.
"You know, you're in such good shape", Trump said, before repeating the observation to her husband. I think he's doing really well.
When it comes to fighting terrorism, President Macron said, the USA and France have always seen eye-to-eye.
Mr Trump, also dogged at home by an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, appeared on Thursday to leave open the door for more talks on the Paris climate accord which he pulled the United States out of earlier this year.
Chillingly, the document says: "If you do nothing, you will see very soon that we will destroy the French State, as it tries to destroy ISIS". "If it happens", he said, "it will be wonderful; if it doesn't, that will be OK too". They then traveled to the Elysee Palace for talks.
The leader's meeting will be the first since their encounter in Hamburg, Germany for the G-20 summit.
The Trumps were due to return to Washington shortly after the parade finished. "Not a lawyer of the government, but a Russian lawyer", he said.
Jared Kushner, Trump Jr.'s brother-in-law, and Paul Manafort, then-campaign chairman, also attended the meeting. Zero happened from the meeting. So I really have a feeling that you're going to have a very, very peaceful and lovely Paris.
Both seemed to work to put that tense debut behind them and minimize differences, said Spencer Boyer, former national intelligence officer for Europe and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. That suggests the Russian Federation story will continue to dog the president when he returns home from Paris tomorrow night.