On Tuesday, President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and the French leader invited the president and First Lady Melania Trump to celebrate Bastille Day in Paris, The New York Times reports.
Wednesday morning it was reported that the president had accepted Macron’s invitation:
NBC News: President Trump has accepted President Macron’s invitation to attend Bastille Day in Paris Friday, July 14th
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The holiday in France falls annually on July 14 and celebrates the storming of the Parisian prison that was a long time symbol of oppression in the country. According to The New York Times, this year’s celebration will also mark the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.
The holiday usually includes a military parade, a tradition that is in contrast to the type of celebrations the president would have seen in America.
In addition to planning for the holiday, the White House readout of the call says the two leaders spoke in regards to the upcoming G20 summit, as well as the ongoing situation in the Middle East.
The Times reports that the two leaders specifically reported on the possibility of another chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime in the region’s ongoing civil war.
The conversation between the two men comes after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. After which, Macron openly invited U.S. scientists to France and started the website “Make Our Planet Great Again.”