In Paris, Trump is Bastille Day guest of city he derided – New York News

When President Donald Trump appears in public for the first time since revelations that his son appeared to welcome Russian help in the U.S. election, it will be in Paris, a city he has repeatedly derided — and at the side of a French leader best known to Americans as the young man with the endless handshake.


PARIS — When President Donald Trump appears in public for the first time since revelations that his son appeared to welcome Russian help in the U.S. election, it will be in Paris, a city he has repeatedly derided — and at the side of a French leader best known to Americans as the young man with the endless handshake.

“Paris isn’t Paris any longer,” Trump said in February, implying the city had been ruined by jihadi attacks. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said just last month as he announced the U.S. would leave the Paris climate agreement.

But Trump is not the only politician who can use Paris to make a symbolic point.

When Trump arrives in the French capital on Thursday, it will be as French President Emmanuel Macron’s guest of honor, with a private tour of Napoleon’s tomb, dinner at the Eiffel Tower and, to top off the Paris tourist trifecta, a seat at the tribune as American troops open the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysees.

It was Macron, who at 39 is modern France’s youngest president, whose handshake with Trump left both men with white knuckles and clenched jaws. Macron later described it as “a moment of truth” between them.

Still, Macron extended an invitation to Trump to join the national day celebrations,…

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