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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France’s Emmanuel Macron opened the French president’s visit Monday with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington’s house.
The presidents and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington’s historic riverside home, for a private dinner one night before the leaders sit down for talks on a weighty agenda including security, trade and the Iran nuclear deal.
Macron’s pomp-filled three-day state visit to Washington underscores the importance that both sides attach to the relationship: Macron, who calls Trump often, has emerged as something of a “Trump whisperer” at a time when the American president’s relationships with other European leaders are more strained. Trump, who attaches great importance to the optics of pageantry and ceremony, chose to honor Macron with the first state visit of his administration as he woos the French president.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Trumps and Macrons helped plant a tree on the White House grounds together before boarding Trump’s Marine One helicopter for a scenic tour of monuments built in the capital city designed by French-born Pierre L’Enfant as they flew south to Mount Vernon, the first U.S. president’s home along the Potomac River.
MOMENTS AGO: President Trump, first lady Melania Trump welcome French president Emmanuel Macron, his wife to the White House. Visit begins with planting of tree –– a gift from France. https://t.co/aX8thrHWDN pic.twitter.com/7ZrWTeUQmK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 23, 2018
President Trump and French president Macron plant a tree gifted by the French President on the south lawn of the White House ahead of state dinner pic.twitter.com/6b48Ykgsww
— GITMO 🇺🇸 (@President1Trump) April 23, 2018
Pres Trump and Pres Macron shoveling dirt on oak tree that Macron brought as a gift pic.twitter.com/E4FXEVGfEY
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) April 23, 2018
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