President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron capped off a day of friendly appearances on Thursday evening with a glitzy dinner at the Eiffel Tower intended to signal the newfound warmth of their relationship.
Trump and the first lady met Macron and his wife at Le Jules Verne, a Michelin-starred restaurant located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, shortly after the French and American presidents appeared together for a joint press conference that highlighted their progress on Syria, terrorism and even environmental policies.
Macron had criticized Trump openly for his decision last month to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, and the move was expected to serve as a potential sticking point in their meetings this week.
However, Trump glossed over the deal during their press conference, hinting only that "something could happen" with the international climate agreement but declining to specify what that could be.
Instead, Macron and Trump spent Thursday flaunting their friendlier handshakes, highlighting their historical ties and focusing on areas where they agree, such as their countries' cooperation on fighting the Islamic State.
Trump's relationship with Macron got off to a rocky start after he expressed preference for his election opponent, Marine Le Pen, although Trump did not explicitly endorse her.
At the G-7 summit in May, Trump raised eyebrows when he told Macron that the French president had been "my guy" in the race.
But the two have said only kind words about each other during Trump's first visit to France as president. Trump and the first lady departed for Paris on Wednesday evening to attend celebrations for Bastille Day, a holiday celebrating a pivotal point in the French Revolution.
Trump and Macron were set to dine on blue lobster and caviar during their dinner at Le Jules Vern. On Friday, Trump is scheduled to accompany Macron to Bastille Day festivities, including a parade, in Paris.