Trump set to avoid peace forum in Paris
PARIS: US President Donald Trump will not attend a conference organised in Paris this weekend to discuss democracy and multilateralism, organisers said on Thursday, in a snub to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump is due in the French capital along with around 70 other world leaders for a grand ceremony on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Dozens of leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany’s Angela Merkel, are expected to attend the opening of the Paris Peace Forum, which Macron will host.
Ending uncertainty about whether the US leader would participate, chief organiser Justin Vaisse said on Thursday Trump would not attend. He said, “This world needs to meet up and defend itself. It doesn’t matter if those who don’t believe in multilateralism aren’t there.”
Meanwhile, a video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said on Thursday.