>> As scandal flares up back home, President Trump is in France to warm up relations with French President Emmanuel Macron, and try to change the subject. But Trump's problems followed him across the Atlantic, as he was asked to explain why his son met with a Russian lawyer under the assumption she had damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
>> Were you misled by your team in not knowing about this meeting?>> As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man.>> The president downplaying his son's rendezvous, which was framed in an email to Donald Trump Jr. as part of Russia's support for Mr Trump, to which Don Jr. replied I love it.
>> Most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research or even research into your opponent.>> Whether that's true is a question likely taken up by investigators at the Justice Department and Senate Judiciary Committee who now wants Donald Trump Jr to testify under oath before Congress possibly as early as next week.
The President told Reuters, Wednesday, he only found out about his son's meeting just days ago. Still the investigators are likely to probe the timeline of Donald Jr.'s Russian connection and what followed. Just three hours after Trump Jr. confirmed the meeting in an email on June 7th, Trump took the stage in New York promising dirt on Hillary.
>> I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we're gonna be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clinton's. I think you're gonna find it very informative and very, very interesting.>> But after his son's meeting on June 9th, which was apparently a dud, Trumps promised bombshell speech on Clinton was cancelled.
Amid all of these questions of coincidence or coordination a chance to change the scenery the trip designed to improve relations between the two countries after Iraqi start with very public disagreements over the past climate accord. The US President who pulled America out of the accord last month, on Thursday coarsely suggested that could change.
>> Yeah, I mean something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord, we'll see what happens>> The two men capping off their first day with a lavish meal atop the Eiffel Tower, followed by a massive Bastille Day celebration Friday, complete with a military parade, and centennial commemorations of the entry of US troops into World War I.