Donald Trump left Washington for Paris on Wednesday evening, amid the growing cloud of scrutiny surrounding the White House over alleged ties between Trump associates and Russians that may have sought to influence the 2016 election.
As Trump walked to Air Force One, he couldn’t stop applauding for himself, listening to the small crowd that watched him take off to France.
Trump will attend a military parade with French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating France’s Bastille Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.
The two leaders are also expected to dine at the lavish Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. Trump will only be in Paris for 27 hours, before he heads back to the U.S.
Macron invited Trump to Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French revolution, last June. The pair also saw each other during last week’s G-20 summit in Germany.
The two leaders have various policy disagreements, most notably on the issue of climate change.
Trump announced in June he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accords, and his French counterpart responded by launching a website aimed at attracting American scientists to go work in Paris.
It was titled “Make Our Planet Great Again,” a wry twist on Trump’s campaign slogan.
WATCH: President Trump and the first lady board Air Force One as they prepare to depart for Paris https://t.co/dvxbQqsQuh
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