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