While speaking at the G20 summit, the French President was asked about the possibility of implementing a policy in the continent like the US' Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after the Second World War. "Which leaves Macron - who's also been critical of Germany's trade position, and who's vowed to bring French defense spending up to NATO's target of 2 percent of gross domestic product - as the obvious dance partner for the USA while Trump is in Europe".
BEARDSLEY: Barbier says for the last eight years, the world looked to America for leadership, but Trump's isolationist approach has left the stage clear for a young, dynamic leader like President Macron to inspire the world.
Donald Trump Jr. disclosed this week that he attended a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of receiving derogatory information about his father's election opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on display in their marathon meeting at the G-20 last Friday, is another thorn in the relationship.
"It's important to establish a relationship that is functional, for both Mr. Macron and Mr. Trump, to know where the other stands, so they can speak to each other, to facilitate trans-Atlantic relations", said Yannick Mireur, a political scientist who follows USA politics.
The president and Mr. Macron will hold a bilateral meeting and a joint news conference.
But last month, France's independent auditor revealed a more than 8 billion-euro funding shortfall in this year's budget, forecasting a deficit once again above the European Union cap.
According to Paris Match, Macron and Trump will have blue lobster and caviar as the highlights of the meal.
Yet over a year on Trump touched down on French soil for the first time as president and while he may be reminded of his words during his brief trip, there is hardly anger on the streets of Paris over his visit.
As well as a huge generational gap - Trump at 71 is nearly twice Macron's age - there is scant evidence of any overlap of interests in their personal lives.
During the US election campaign, Trump declared that a wave of militant attacks showed "France is no longer France", urging the French to get tough on immigration and jihadists.
Trump will move to the U.S. Embassy on his arrival to the country on Thursday for a meet-and-greet with embassy staff and also with U.S. participants, who will be in the Bastille Day festivities on Friday.
Mrs. Trump later tweeted her thanks to the hospital for allowing her to visit. Both new leaders are in the process of trying to enact their agendas with President Trump facing Democrat obstruction at every turn.
It's an extension of the current state of emergency in France, first put in place after terrorist attacks here in November 2015. There was an exception for Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, who allowed to stand in the center of the first rank as she was hosting the summit.
Reporters covering President Donald Trump's trip to Paris are getting off to a rather chaotic start after a segment of his motorcade was separated from him.
This is Trump's third overseas visit since taking office in January.