Trump’s 24-hours

Published: 14 July 2017

Trumps and Macrons

Here’s a breakdown of President Donald Trump’s past 24-hours.

The Trumps dining with the Macrons at the Eiffel Tower 
Image © 2017 AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

President Donald Trump has had a very busy 24-hours, so here’s a quick recap of all the events that have unfolded.

Republican leaders have released a revised plan to dismantle the Obamacare law but quick criticism from two US senators showed the healthcare overhaul is already in jeopardy.

President Donald Trump declared a day earlier that failure would make him "very angry" and he would blame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But talking with reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to France, Trump also acknowledged the challenges Congress faces.

"I'd say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare," Trump said.

He also told reporters onboard Airforce One that he did all he could to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on election meddling and says he told Putin the US "can't have a scintilla of doubt" about the integrity of future votes.

He said that Putin twice denied any meddling and the president asked what more he could have done.

Trump asked: "What do you do? End up in a fistfight with somebody, OK?"

Once President Trump arrived in Paris, he met with French President Emmanuel Macron, as both leaders sought common ground to reset an awkward relationship.
"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accords, let's see what happens," Trump told a news conference. "If it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't, that'll be OK too."

Unfortunately, the meeting with Macron took a turn after Trump attempted to use his classic charm.

Footage was captured of Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and their wives chatting after their tour of the museums at Les Invalides on Thursday.

Trump at one point turns to Brigitte Macron and tells her: "You're in such good shape."

He repeats the observation to the French president before turning back to the French first lady, and remarking: "Beautiful."

The comments have been denounced as sexist, noting that the Macrons' age difference is identical to that of Donald and Melania Trump.