WASHINGTON – Leaving focus on post-election results, President Donald Trump traveled to Paris this Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice.
Trump was due to arrive in France on Friday afternoon, days after the mid-term presidential election that produced mixed results: The Republicans retained control of the Senate but lost the majority in the lower house to the Democrats.
Trump planned to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss issues such as European security, Syria and Iran. For Sunday's anniversary, he and other heads of state will participate in a ceremony under the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe.
"It will be a very beautiful moment, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. There will be many countries – leaders of several countries will be there, especially now that they have heard that the United States will be there. So we're waiting for that day to come, "Trump told reporters on Friday before leaving the White House. "I've seen what they plan to do, and I think it's going to be something very, very special."
The president and first lady Melania Trump plan to visit several memorials dedicated to members of the US service. Something that is not on Trump's agenda, despite the fact that this possibility had been discussed, is a long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I do not know if we're going to see each other in Paris, but it can be," Trump said. "Maybe there's a lunch for the leaders."
The White House and the Kremlin had considered having a formal meeting in Paris. That now seems more feasible by the end of this month, when both presidents participate in the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.