Business and pleasure on menu for Macron


A seat between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, followed by a joint news conference, highlights the business section of the second day of the French leader in Washington.

The sidebar of Macron's official state visit, the first of the Trump Presidency, will be held on Tuesday evening with a sumptuous dinner at The White House, which is expected to be hosted by around 150 guests.

Monday evening was a more casual affair with a helicopter ride in Washington landmarks and a visit to the Potomac River home to George Washington with their wives for dinner.

The private dinner came one night before the leaders negotiated, which would include security, trade and Iran's nuclear agreement.

"This is a great honor and I think that a very important state visit currently provided for our current environment," Macron said Monday after his plane landed on an American military base near Washington.

Macron's pumping or three-day state visit in Washington emphasizes the importance of both parties relate to the relationship: Macron, often called Trump, has emerged as something of a "Trump Whisperer" at a time when the US President Relations with other European leaders are more strained.

Trump, who attaches great importance to optics for pageantry and ceremony, chose to honor Macron with the first state visit of his administration when he was the French president.

But Macron and Trump disagree on some fundamental issues, including the multinational nuclear agreement aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear weapons development.

Trump, skeptical of the pact's effectiveness, has been eager to pull out as a deadline on May 12 is approaching. Macron says he is not satisfied with the situation in Iran and believes that the agreement is imperfect but has argued that the United States is sticking to it in the absence of a "Plan B".

Trumps and Macrons helped to plant a tree on the White House grounds before the table Trump's Marine One helicopter for a trip to monuments built in the capital designed by French-born Pierre Enfant as they flew south against Mount Vernon, the first US President's home along the Potomac River.

The young oak is an eco-friendly gift for the White House from Macron, and one that also has historical significance. It sprouts onto a World War II site in France, the battle of Belleau Wood, which became part of the US Marine Corps lore.

After Trump's helicopter landed at Mount Vernon, the two presidents, each of whom had their wife each, had a short distance and posed pictures before embarking on golf carts that led them to the doorstep of Washington's plantation house.



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