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Friday, April 20, 2018

The State visit of President Macron of France

 

The State visit of President Macron of France
Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – The Trump administration is excited to be welcoming President Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France to the White House for a State Visit in the United States of America. In today’s background briefing a Senior Administration Official stated President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host the President of France, Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron for the first state visit of the Trump administration.
On Tuesday, April 24th, President Macron will meet with President Trump in the White House, midmorning, for a one-on-one session in the Oval Office. That will be followed by an expanded working bilateral meeting with the French and U.S. delegations. The bilateral meeting will include Vice President Mike Pence, the Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan, the United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of the Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, the US Secretary of the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the National Security Advisor of the United States of America John R Bolton, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Larry Kudlow, and Ambassador Jamie McCourt, who is our ambassador in Paris.
The members of the French delegation include France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Economics and Finance, the Minister of Defense, and National Security Advisor, among others.

There will be a joint press conference on Tuesday. There will be a State Department luncheon that will include Vice President Mike Pence. Following the luncheon, a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will take place. In the evening on Tuesday, April 24th, a state dinner will be hosted at the White House.

On Wednesday, April 25th, President Macron will address a Joint Session of the United States Congress. The address will mark the anniversary of the day that French General Charles de Gaulle addressed the Joint Session of Congress, specifically April 25th, 1960.

There are three themes for this visit. First, the United States of America and France are sustaining and enjoying a long and enduring friendship. This visit will celebrate the close and continuing ties between France and the United States in this, the 100th anniversary year of the end of World War I. President Trump is continuing the legacy of French-American cooperation, which stretches back to America’s independence. President Trump is working with President Macron to build upon the strong ties of the United States and France.

The second theme for the visit is international trade. France is a valued trade and investment partner. France was the first trade partner of the United States of America and remains a major destination for U.S. exports, and a source of foreign investment in the United States of America.

Today, France is the United States’ third largest trading partner in Europe, averaging over $1 billion in commercial transactions every day. The United States of America is the top destination for French foreign investment. In 2016 the Obama administration encouraged French investment in the United States, and France invested $19.3 billion in the United States of America. The United States of America is now the largest foreign investor in France, in 2016 investing some $78 billion there, the Trump administration official stated. The Trump administration argues. In 2016, French investment supported a bit over 26,000 jobs in the United States of America.

The third theme of the States visit is national security. As was demonstrated in recent days over Syria, France and the United States operate as strong and reliable allies. The United States of America with France works closely with France to defend human rights and combat terror around the world. During this state visit, President Trump and President Macron will discuss recent joint operations in Syria in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on April 7th; broader issues relating to Syria and the Middle East — these would include Iran’s malign influence in the region; and also France’s leading role in NATO and in global counterterrorism operations more generally, including in the Sahel, where France takes the leading role.

 

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits the National Gallery of Art with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France

 

 

First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France Visits the National Gallery of Art
Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Brigitte Macron will visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The First Lady is hosting Mrs. Macron to view many of the incredible pieces the gallery has to offer, including the Cézanne Portraits Exhibit.