>> Under fire at home, President Donald Trump touches down in Paris, heading to France in a bid to seek common ground with the country's new leader, Emmanuel Macron. After a bumpy start to relations back in Brussels, the two men have incentives to improve ties. Macron hopes to elevate his country's role in global affairs, Trump somewhat isolated amongst world leaders needs a friend overseas.
Reuter's Richard Locke is in Paris.>> I think both men want to run this smoothly. The original invitation came for Trump to stand shoulder to shoulder with Emmanuel Macron on the Champs de Elysee to celebrate France's Bastille Day celebrations, and that's a ceremony that Trump is going to revel in.
He'll be there on Paris's most iconic boulevard as U.S. troops and French servicemen parade down the streets.>> Weeks after Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles, Trump will bask in the trappings of the July 14th military parade and commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of U.S. troops into World War I.
But amid the rumored lobster supper in the Eiffel Tower, they'll also get down to business.>> Both the White House and the Elysee have said that talks during Trump's visit will focus on security and counter-terrorism, and in particular, Syria is likely to crop up. Both men say that fighting militant Islam around the world, in particular Islamic State is their leading priority.
>> Trump has made few friends in Europe with his rejection of the powers occurred on climate change and America First trade stance. Macron's team has said they're willing to avoid these tricky subjects during the visit, but France's youngest ever President, the trip's a chance to win Trump's confidence and set about influencing U.S. foreign policy, and also get one up on Britain.
London's offer of a state visit for the U.S. President met fierce criticism and warnings that he would be greeted by mass protests.