Trump Invites Macron for First State Dinner in April, Source Says

Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and U.S. President Donald Trump, shake hands while posing for photographs at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 13, 2017. 

Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Donald Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron in late April for the first state dinner of the U.S. president’s administration, a person familiar with the matter said.

Trump was ebullient after Macron hosted him in Paris for Bastille Day, where they observed a military parade down the Champs-Elysees. While Macron has been critical of some Trump administration policies -- such as the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement -- he has still managed to establish a stronger working relationship with the U.S. president than other European leaders.

State dinners are one of the most sought-after invitations for corporate leaders, campaign donors, celebrities and government officials. They’re typically the most formal of White House social events, full of pageantry and entertainment.

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