Trump leaves D.C. tur­moil be­hind for France trip, WWI an­niver­sary

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

PARIS — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump left Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day en route to France to join other world lead­ers mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, leav­ing be­hind a U.S. cap­i­tal roil­ing over the midterm elec­tion re­sults and the dis­missal of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Me­la­nia Trump, the pres­i­dent took off on Air Force One head­ing over the At­lantic for a short stay in Paris, his first over­seas trip since July when he met with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin of Rus­sia in Helsinki. The two at one point had ex­pected to meet again in Paris, but Don­ald Trump said this week that they had noth­ing on the sched­ule.

The pres­i­dent is set to spend just about 48 hours on the ground, but will have the chance to in­ter­act with Putin and other world lead­ers at sev­eral events hosted by Pres­i­dent Emanuel Macron of France. While in France, Trump plans to sit down for a for­mal meet­ing with Macron, who ini­tially sought to forge a friendly re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. pres­i­dent only to see it fall out over trade and other dis­putes.

On Sun­day, he will join about 70 world lead­ers for the cer­e­mony at the Arc de Tri­om­phe mark­ing the ar­mistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Af­ter­ward, he will join the lead­ers for lunch and sep­a­rately head to the Suresnes Amer­i­can Ceme­tery out­side Paris be­fore leav­ing for home in the af­ter­noon.

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