He’ll all the time have Paris.
President Trump returned Friday from being feted in France to confront new, damaging revelations within the investigation into whether or not his associates coordinated with Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election, in addition to perilous indicators in Congress for the Republican healthcare invoice that represents considered one of his main marketing campaign pledges.
Annoyed and sad with how his workforce has dealt with the response to the regular drip of damaging info, Trump has reportedly determined to rent Ty Cobb, a longtime Washington lawyer, to handle the White Home’s political and authorized responses to the Russia investigation.
Whereas the White Home continues to wrestle with the investigation, Trump’s first main legislative push — to repeal and exchange the Reasonably priced Care Act — continues to be threatened by seemingly insurmountable Republican divisions.
Friday morning, minutes earlier than being welcomed because the visitor of honor for the flowery Bastille Day army parade on the Champs-Elysees, the grand boulevard of Paris, Trump was stewing over his get together’s lack of ability to get a invoice to his desk.
As his motorcade was ready, he let unfastened a string of Twitter messages admonishing Senate Republicans, even if Majority Chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has informed administration officers that such social media messages are usually not useful.
“In any case of those years of struggling through ObamaCare, Republican Senators should come by means of as they’ve promised!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Hundreds of miles from troubles in Washington, Trump appeared buoyed by his journey to France. He talked animatedly with French President Emmanuel Macron whereas watching French and American troops, armored personnel carriers, tanks, missile launchers and different army gear parade for greater than two hours from the Arc de Triomphe down the grand avenue.
Dozens of army planes and helicopters thundered over the heads of the 2 presidents, with one formation of fighter jets portray the sky with streaks of pink, white and blue smoke signifying the tricolors of each nations.
The newly elected Macron had invited Trump on brief discover for France’s nationwide day celebrations and to mark the a hundredth anniversary of American troops’ arrival in France to assist struggle German forces in World Conflict I.
Bands performed conventional French marching music. At one level a marching band spelled out the phrase “NICE” in entrance of the VIP reviewing stand, in reminiscence of 86 individuals killed a yr earlier by an Islamic extremist driving a cargo truck right into a Bastille Day celebration in that French metropolis.
“The presence as we speak of the U.S. President Donald Trump and his spouse is the signal of a friendship that lasts by way of time,” Macron stated on the conclusion of the parade.
France has discovered “positive allies, buddies who got here to assist us,” he stated. “The USA of America are amongst them. That’s the reason nothing will separate us, by no means.”
Macron appeared desperate to woo Trump personally, and substantively. He targeted their conferences Thursday on points the 2 administrations can cooperate on, together with counter-terrorism and Syria.
Macron didn’t deliver up contentious points resembling Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris local weather accord, Trump’s homeland safety advisor, Tom Bossert, informed reporters flying with the president again to the U.S.
Local weather points “didn’t chill or infect or in any approach come up verbally or via nonverbal cues in our conversations,” Bossert stated.
By the afternoon on Friday, Trump was stepping off Air Pressure One into the rain, opening a big black umbrella to maintain drops off himself and First Woman Melania Trump as they walked to the motorcade taking the couple to Trump’s golf membership in Bedminster, N.J., for the weekend. He deliberate to attend the U.S. Ladies’s Open golf event being held there.
The final time the president had a wet weekend in Bedminster he watched tv information, fumed, and by his personal later account determined to fireside FBI Director James B. Comey due to Comey’s pursuit of the Russia investigation.
The climate forecast this weekend referred to as for the clouds to half Saturday and the solar to be out all weekend.
Trump did discover an adoring crowd in Bedminster. Spectators broke the hushed quiet on the golf event when Trump got here to the home windows of a viewing space a number of occasions to wave to the gang close to the course’s fifteenth gap.
Event organizers inspired the gang to maintain their voices down for golfers enjoying by way of the drizzle on a close-by inexperienced.