Pres­i­dent Trump vis­its Paris amid pomp and cer­e­mony

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Col­or­ful pageantry that is a French hall­mark greeted Pres­i­dent Trump Thurs­day, as he be­gan a two- day visit to dis­cuss pol­icy and mark Bastille Day with coun­ter­part Em­manuel Macron.

Trump ar­rived at El­y­see Palace for talks with Macron af­ter vis­it­ing Les In­valides, the mil­i­tary mu­seum that is home to Napoleon’s tomb Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Trump was met by at least two dozen horses and a band played the Star Span­gled Ban­ner as the two pres­i­dents walked across a cob­ble­stone court­yard, trailed by a solider in dress uni­form and car­ry­ing a sword.

The two men paused at the end of the court­yard, where Ma- cron put his hand on Trump's back and pointed up at a columned fa­cade. Trump and Macron are ex­pected to dine at the Eif­fel Tower later. "Me­la­nia and I were thrilled to join the ded­i­cated men and women of the @ USEm­bassyFrance, members of the U. S. Mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies," Trump tweeted with a video be­fore ar­riv­ing at Les In­valides. He had also been sched­uled to at­tend a lun­cheon with U. S. mil- itary lead­ers.

Trump and Macron are sched­uled to host a joint news con­fer­ence — likely the first time that re­porters will be able to ask Trump about the lat­est devel­op­ments in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween his cam­paign and Rus­sians who hacked top Demo­cratic of­fi­cials.

The first lady Me­la­nia Trump vis­ited Necker- En­fants Malades Hos­pi­tal, the coun­try’s largest chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, and met with se­nior of­fi­cials and pa­tients.

Trump and Macron are ex­pected to dis­cuss the fight against ter­ror­ism and Syria civil war. Many other Euro­pean coun­tries are sure to be fol­low­ing the visit for signs of strain or re­newed co­op­er­a­tion.

The Bastille Day pa­rade on the Champs- Élysées on Fri­day will see Amer­i­can soldiers march­ing along­side their French coun­ter­parts to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of America's en­try into World War I.

JULIEN DE ROSA, EPA

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron at the El­y­see Palace in Paris on Thurs­day.

KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU, AP

First lady Me­la­nia Trump vis­its the Necker hos­pi­tal in Paris on Thurs­day.

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