(ABC NEWS) – President Donald Trump praised the “very good” and “long” relationship between the U.S. and France during his visit to Paris today.
“France is America’s first and oldest ally, a lot of people don’t know that,” Trump said.
“Ever since General Lafayette joined the American fight for Independence, our fates and fortunes have been tied unequivocally together. It was a long time ago, but we are together. And I think together perhaps more so than ever. The relationship is very good,” he said.
Trump’s remarks came during a joint news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this afternoon.
Trump and the first lady arrived in Paris after accepting Macron’s invitation to visit France for Bastille Day, the country’s national holiday on July 14, and to commemorate the U.S. engagement alongside French troops during World War I.
The Trumps and the Macrons visited Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon’s tomb and a military museum.
The world leaders then had a bilateral meeting before making their public comments at the news conference.
During his remarks, Macron touched on a number of topics that the pair discussed, talking about their shared interests relating to Iraq and Syria as well as fair trade. He acknowledged the different stances that the two leaders take regarding climate change but said that they were still able to discuss the topic.
“We have expressed them on a number of occasions but I in it is important that we can continue to talk about it. I very much respect the decision taken by president Trump,” Macron said, according to a translation of his remarks, which were in French.
Macron later said that he and Trump have spoken about the American leader’s views against the Paris agreement but said that their disagreement should not impact the other subject areas.
Trump said that “I mean, something could happen with respect to the Paris accord. We’ll see what happens. But we will talk about that over the coming period of time. And if it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn’t, that will be okay, too.”