WASHINGTON French President Emmanuel Macron touted the solid friendship he has with President Trump at a formal state arrival ceremony Tuesday, but then hinted at the issues dividing the two countries: the Iran nuclear deal, the environment and trade.
"It is together that we shall build a new form of prosperity for all people, which means innovation, free and fair trade, and the protection of our middle classes," Macron said. "It is together that we will be able to act effectively for our planet."
Macron's remarks were notably more specific than Trump's welcoming remarks, which focused on the long 214-year friendship between the two countries and his personal friendship with Macron, who has emerged as Trump's most trusted European ally over the past year.
"The wonderful friendship we have developed over the past year is a testimony to the historic friendship between our two nations," Trump said.
Trump and Macron met for a protocol-laden pomp of a formal state arrival ceremony on the south lawn of the White House Tuesday, as Trump welcomed his French counterpart for the first state visit of the Trump presidency. It's the second one-on-one summit between the two leaders, following Trump's visit to Paris for Bastille Day ceremonies last year.
The national anthems of "La Marseillaise" and the "Star Spangled Banner," a review of troops, and speeches lauding the 241-year relationship between the two countries.
Macron began the three-day visit Monday with a less formal dinner at President George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon. The two will have meetings Tuesday, followed by a joint news conference and state dinner, followed by Macron's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday.
In a Fox News interview Sunday, Macron warned Trump not to levy tariffs on European steel and aluminum. "You cannot make a trade war with your ally, he said.