Biden, Macron pose in Paris ahead of joint press conference

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden acquired a French welcome on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Saturday as half of the commander-in-chief’s 5 day state go to.

Biden, 81, and the First Lady have been greeted with a proper ceremony and army parade earlier than posing with French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron ahead of conferences on the Élysées Palace, Politico’s Eli Stokols reported.

Biden and Macron rekindle the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe.
Biden and Macron rekindle the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Arc de Triomphe. POOL/AFP through Getty Images

Biden and Macron, 46, are set to ship joint remarks to the press at 9:45 a.m. EST earlier than going to the formal state dinner.

The state go to kicked off with commemorating the eightieth anniversary of D-Day, and can now shift to discussions on present-day crises such because the wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip.

“One of the things the president respects and admires so much about President Macron is that he’s as honest and as forthright as Joe Biden is,” National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told the Washington Post.

 “That’s what he wants to see in a friend and an ally — an ability to shoot straight, say what’s on your mind.”

The Bidens and Macrons wave to the crowd during a welcome ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The ceremony kicked off the subsequent portion of Biden’s state go to to France. AFP through Getty Images

Macron’s off-script feedback, nonetheless, have sometimes induced him to butt heads with Biden.

On a latest cellphone name, for instance, the French president instructed sending Western troops to coach troopers in Ukraine, Politico reported.

Biden shot down the thought, citing issues that sending troops from any NATO nation might escalate the battle with Russia, two sources accustomed to the dialog informed the outlet.

Both Biden and Macron met individually with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Friday – after which Biden apologized for the delay in the US’ $225 million army help bundle and pledged that more cash was on the way in which.

The Bidens and Macrons wave to the crowd during the welcoming ceremony for the state visit to France.
Both {couples} will attend a state dinner afterward Saturday. AFP through Getty Images

Macron, nonetheless, stated {that a} coalition of nations had agreed to ship army trainers to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported. 

In the previous, Macron has additionally overtly declared that Europe wants to cut back its reliance on Washington and exert extra management over its personal points, the report added.

“However strong our alliance with America is, we are not a priority for them” Macron stated in April throughout a speech at Sorbonne University. “They have two priorities: themselves — fair enough — and China.”

Biden and Macron will meet once more on the G-7 assembly in Italy subsequent week, in addition to on the NATO summit in Washington subsequent month, the Washington Post stated.

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