U.S. President Donald Trump departs Wednesday on a trip to France focused on counterterrorism talks with French President Emmanuel and marking the 100th anniversary of U.S. troops entering World War I. -French military alliance, both then and now.
Mr. Trump, who just returned to Washington Saturday from a European summit, will arrive in France on Thursday morning with first lady Melania Trump.
"I would characterize the relationship between the two of them as being very positive", the administration official said.
USA and French officials have said Trump's visit to Paris will allow the leaders to focus on those places where their interests overlap, including resolving the conflict in Syria and combating global terrorism.
The official told reporters it is "always possible" trade issues in general - and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in particular - could be discussed when Trump is in France on July 13 and 14, in part to participate in Bastille Day celebrations.
The bilateral discussions will be followed by a joint news conference.
Trump's visit to Paris this week, to celebrate 100 years since USA troops entered World War One on the side of France and Britain, follows the G20 summit last weekend that put two presidents on different sides of the barricade with regards to trade and climate policy.
Trump will leave right at the conclusion of the Bastille Day ceremonies.
This year will also feature participation by USA soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines from the Army's 1st Infantry Division of note because this was also the first US unit to enter France and actually participated in the Bastille Day festivities in 1917 and was the first USA unit to go into combat.