Details of President Donald Trump’s first State Dinner were revealed Monday, as the president and first lady host French President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte Trogneux this week.
The dinner was meticulously planned by Melania Trump and the first lady’s office released a well produced video featuring her involvement, which included the caption: “After months of preparations,
@POTUS and I are looking forward to hosting our first State Dinner with France! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this visit a success.”
In a departure from past State Dinners, the president is not inviting any Democrat lawmakers or members of the press to the shindig that will celebrate the historical ties between the two countries and mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
But then, given the shameful way Democrats have treated President Trump, who can blame him?
Payback? The Trumps prepare for first state dinner by removing ALL the Dems from guest list https://t.co/xRMYX1UK1v pic.twitter.com/wALOlcEwtf
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 22, 2018
The French president and his wife arrive in Washington Monday evening and will join the first couple on a trip to George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, where they’ll have dinner, CNN reported.
“Upon the arrival, the two couples will plant a tree, a gift from the President and Mrs. Macron, together on the South Lawn of the White House. The sapling is a European Sessile Oak that measures approximately 4.5 feet tall with an estimated age between 5-10 years old,” a release from the first lady’s office said. “The tree comes from Belleau Woods, and is a historic landmark of the United States engagement in the First World War. Over 9,000 American marines died in the Belleau Wood battle in June 1918 and the forest is a memorial site and important symbol of the sacrifice the United States made to ensure peace and stability in Europe.”
A formal traditional military arrival ceremony will be held Tuesday, according to the network, with the Macrons being greeted by nearly 500 members of the U.S. Armed Forces for a traditional “review of the troops.”
President Macron and his wife hosted Trump and the first lady in Paris, France, in July, to include the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees.
The menu for Tuesday dinner will include three courses featuring American dishes with French influences, according to The Hill. The main course will consist of a rack of spring lamb with Carolina gold rice jambalaya, cooked New Orleans’ style.
Wines made from French plants harvested in Oregon will also be served.
CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted specific details of the menu:
Whet your appetite. WH announces menu for Tuesday night's State Dinner for French Pres and Mme Macron: pic.twitter.com/AHzVE9iUlN
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 23, 2018
As seen in the video above, the first lady was involved in planning for the dinner for months.
“Mrs. Trump selected every item and every detail for the dinner, from the entrée to the chair cushions,” social secretary Rickie Niceta told CNN.
The night’s entertainment will feature the Washington National Opera from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
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