Posted November 18, 2020 09:01:13The day after the attacks in Paris, France, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, took the unprecedented step of sending a delegation to the U.S. for talks with Trump and congressional leaders.
The president was briefed by Trump in person and then flew back to France.
Macron had a very positive encounter with Trump on Wednesday and Thursday.
The president also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to be among the attendees at Thursday’s talks.
“We agreed on the need to act immediately, to unite and build trust in a way that was not just a political one, but a real one,” said Trump.
“The world needs us.”
Trump has made clear that he intends to take executive action on his plan to reduce the threat of terrorism in the U., but he has not given any indication of when he might take that step.
“I think he is going to be very aggressive, and he is already very aggressive,” Trump said.
“He is going be very, very strong, and we are going to have to be extremely, extremely strong.”
Macron’s meeting with Trump comes as the White House prepares to take the first step toward the end of the year, when it will formally release its fiscal 2018 budget plan.
Trump’s aides have been touting the fiscal 2018 plan as a blueprint for how to reform the country’s economy in the years ahead.
They say it will be more focused on tax reform and rebuilding infrastructure.
But it’s unclear when Trump will formally announce that plan.
In addition to the fiscal year 2018 budget, the administration has been pushing forward with plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, which would create a new entitlement system similar to the Social Security and Medicare systems.
The plan also calls for $1 trillion in tax cuts, which Trump has promised, but which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has warned could be too much to achieve.