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President Trump visits Paris amid pomp and ceremony

- Jabeen Bhatti, Jane Onyanga- Omara and David Jackson Contributi­ng: Patrick Costello in Berlin, Elena Berton in Nice, The Associated Press

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.
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.
KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU, AP First lady Melania Trump visits the Necker hospital in Paris on Thursday.

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