Trump, Pence announce first meeting since inauguration as president and first foreign trip

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and vice president MIKE Pence announced their first foreign tour as president on Tuesday.

In an unprecedented move, the two men announced they were heading to France on Friday for a day of joint talks with President Emmanuel Macron.

They also agreed to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said.

They said they were in Paris for “to make our voices heard at the world stage, and to work with our European partners and allies to tackle the challenges of climate change, and ensure that we can advance the prosperity of the world and the human race.”

“I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to serve alongside President Trump and President Pence in office,” said Macron in a statement.

“They have my deepest admiration for their leadership.

They will be a valuable addition to the Trump administration.”

The two presidents will hold bilateral meetings in the French capital later this week, before traveling to Germany for a summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump’s visit is a significant step toward a possible trip to France as the president seeks to win over France’s increasingly hostile European partners, with many Europeans saying the U.S. president is too close to Moscow and not enough interested in strengthening ties.

“It’s going to be the first time in a long time that Trump is going to meet with the leaders of other countries, but we hope it’s going the right way,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

“It’s important for him to talk with his French partners.”

President Trump speaks to reporters during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and German Chancellor Merkel at the White Senate on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Trump has been reluctant to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his time in office.

On Tuesday, he announced he would not meet Putin.

In a statement, he said the two countries would “discuss ways to strengthen the rule of law, promote democracy and strengthen the alliance between our countries.”

On Tuesday, Trump’s administration said it would provide $500 million in funding to French universities to help students get “access to high-quality international education and research.”

Trump will also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Werner Faymann and other leaders from the Group of 20 countries.