Donald Trump Arrives In France For D-Day Ceremonies

Share

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have left Ireland following their five-day trip to Europe.

Her sister Abbi, 16, said: "I debated whether to go, even get up early to go to school today, I was going to lie on for another half hour".

On Friday, a group of Irish schoolchildren said they were delighted to meet President Donald Trump on his golf course.

World leaders including President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron will attend ceremonies on Thursday on the beaches of Normandy, where 75 years ago Allied troops landed to push Nazi forces out of France.

Macron and Trump will then hold private talks followed by a working lunch after a ceremony at the U.S. military cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

"They're really the greatest generation", he said.

"We talked Brexit", Varadkar said, after a reportedly tense joint press conference with the USA president. As the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal meant to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons, France is pushing to keep Iran in the deal and find ways to counter Washington's increased economic sanctions.

Anniversary tributes aside, questions about Trump's commitment to Western alliances have been a theme throughout his presidency and trailed him on his visit to Europe. He positions himself as a bulwark against rising populism on the continent, warning against the dangers of nationalism and isolationism - a position that is the opposite of Trump's. The two leaders met again later in the day for lunch. During his stop in England earlier in the week, Queen Elizabeth II used a dinner toast to emphasize the importance of worldwide institutions created by Britain, the United States and other allies after World War II, a subtle rebuttal.

Trump has used his speeches to emphasize a longstanding bond between the US and Britain. The French presidency argued that it was a misunderstanding.

Mr Trudeau attended an event at Juno Beach, where Canadian forces were in charge of the assault. "So the relationship that we've had together has been really terrific and I appreciate it very much", Trump told Macron in front of reporters.

At a time of increasing worldwide discord, the leaders will seek to show that transatlantic harmony remains intact as they meet for a second day to salute the heroism of the soldiers who surged onto the Normandy sands on June 6, 1944.

Despite diverging policies, France and the USA have a close military cooperation. "They come from all over France to look after our boys".

Defending "America First" approach, President Trump, since he assumed office in 2017, has been at odds with Europe, accusing the old continent of failing to pay enough for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and of causing large trade deficit on the USA side through unfair trade practices. France is considered to be America's first ally, dating back to the days when it helped the colonists win the Revolutionary War against the British.

In his speech, Macron pointedly linked the fight for freedom in World War II to longstanding alliances.

Share