Donald Trump tries to reduce the blow of his losses in the mid-term and bury bad heads about the abrupt firing of his attorney general with a weekend in Paris.
He and the first lady Melania Trump will soon be on their way to France for a program celebrating the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in the First World War.
Trump planned to hold a parade in Washington this weekend to mimic the military parade that puts France on Bastille Day every year in Paris.
The Pentagon called off the show of American military power after the projected price of the vanity project had struck $ 92 million, reportedly because of a dispute with the local government about costs, and Trump decided to join fellow world leaders in France for the annual celebration of the armistice on the Arc de Triomphe.
Donald Trump tries to reduce the blow of his losses in the mid-term and bury bad heads about the abrupt firing of his attorney general with a weekend in Paris. He is here in France with Emmanuel Macron in July 2017 on Bastille Day
Trump organized the French president in the White House earlier this year for his first and only state dinner
He leaves for Paris early Friday and returns late on Sunday evening. He will meet for a full week in Washington, then before his traditional Thanksgiving break.
Originally, Trump planned to relax after a relaxing golf trip to Ireland after he had finished in France. He has been mocking for almost two months during campaign visits as the biggest surrogate of his party in the evenings and on most weekends.
Against protests as massive as those he had met in the UK in the summer and a foreign government that openly disgusted him, Trump canceled the visit to his Irish golf course and cut the tour of Europe to the armistice activities in France.
The White House positions the weekend trip as & # 39; a historic opportunity to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives for our freedom & # 39; in the war that ended 100 years ago on Saturday.
"The President's participation in these events will also serve as a reminder of the important role the United States has played and continues to play in ensuring peace and security in Europe," said a senior official.
Apart from a formal series of events for world leaders in France, the president visits two cemeteries, one for American soldiers on the Belleau Wood battlefield and the American Suresnes cemetery. He also plans to participate in a private meeting with embassy staff.
While Europe has November 11 as armistice, the date belongs to veterans in America, where it is a public holiday recognized by the federal government.
The White House says that Trump will make traditional veteran-day comments in Suresnes. The efforts of his government to improve the health care of the veterinarians are likely to come forward.
Trump's domestic problems may not follow him to Europe, where his direct interactions with the media are expected to be limited. There was no assurance that Trump would also have to address trade and security issues with Europe. His interactions with foreign leaders in Paris are also kept to a minimum.
Trump's domestic problems may not follow him to Europe. His only planned sit-down is with Macro. The couple is shown here in the palace of Elysee in Paris last July
His only planned sit-down is with French President Emmanuel Macron. The rest of his conversations with leaders will take part in the Sunday ceremony and a Saturday evening dinner.
Trade is a subject that is most likely something that comes up & # 39; in the bilateral agreement with Macron, but not necessarily from the president, said an official from the White House.
The sanctions of the United States against Iran for terrorist financing, ballistic missile testing and nuclear activities – which were fully restored this week – are expected to be at the top of the leaders' discussion list. Businesses in Europe will suffer severely if they continue to do business with Iran and have not received a US waiver.
Syria, and the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis there, will also be a topic, according to US officials.
A possible summit with Vladimir Putin was postponed until later this month in Argentina on the G20. During the events they hold an informal meeting in Paris, but four days after the elections, US officials do not like to talk in Paris.
& # 39; The only bilateral meeting that we have planned for the president is with President Macron. We do not plan a separate bilateral meeting with President Putin or with other leaders in Paris, "a senior US official said Wednesday.
The US sanctions against Iran – which were resumed completely this week – are expected to be at the top of the leaders' discussion list. The two are depicted in the White House during a meeting in April
Trump told reporters who were traveling with him on Monday that he expected the meeting with Putin to take place in Buenos Aires.
& # 39; It would be good to deal well with each other with Russia, China and all of them; I've said it for a long time. So we have enough meetings. But I'm not sure that we will have a meeting in Paris – probably not, "the president said.
The United States faces a new challenge from Macron, who this week encouraged the establishment of a European army to protect the continent while paying tribute to soldiers who died in the First World War.
When I see President Trump announcing that he is stopping a major disarmament treaty, who is the biggest victim? Europe and its security, "Macron reportedly said in Verdun about Trump's announcement that he will leave a pact in the Cold War with Russia regulating the nuclear activities of the two powers.
The Trump government says that Russia usually violates the outdated treaty that has not imagined a world in which emerging powers that were not party to the deal were nuclear enabled.
Macron said that Europe must learn to better defend itself alone, without being dependent on the United States & # 39; and it will not be able to do that & # 39; unless we decide to have a truly European army & # 39 ;.
The proposal recognized the reality of doctrine & America; & # 39; and the unabashed nationalism that brought Trump to power two years ago and was confirmed again last Tuesday by large parts of the country.
Trump played chicken with NATO countries that did not meet their expected contributions and pulled the United States from international agreements that regulate emissions, nuclear activities and trade.
In his wake, Trump has left a power vacuum that allies of the United States fear that China and Russia will fill. He has in some ways weakened the rise of the countries with sanctions and rates for malicious activities such as electoral fatigue and theft of intellectual property. But he acted against them only when it was in the immediate interests of the United States.
He has also informed old allies of the United States in the arena of security and trade.
At the United Nations, the president told fellow leaders during a speech that the United States is no longer satisfied with the world's policeman or his piggy bank.
We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will no longer be exploited, "he said.
At the beginning of the same remarks at the General Assembly meeting in New York, the leaders laughed at him as he began one of his routine attempts on the success of his administration.
This after Trump claimed that America is respected again & # 39; under his leadership.
He later insisted that he meant it as a laugh for friends in the room. & # 39; They did not laugh at me, "he told the press. & # 39; They laughed with me. & # 39;