US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have left for Paris to attend a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of the World War I.
Administration officials have said that the President will use the moment to underscore the essential role the US played in restoring European peace and security, CNN reported on Friday.
The President confirmed his attendance at the centenary event after determining in August that the $90 million price tag for the military parade he had commissioned in Washington was too steep.
He said then that he would “go to the Paris parade” instead.
During his trip, Trump will visit two burial grounds near Paris set aside for some of the roughly 117,000 American military personnel who died in World War I.
On Sunday — Veterans Day in the US — he will deliver remarks from Suresnes, the American cemetery perched on the side of Mont Valerien.
The only leader Trump will formally meet is his host, French President Emmanuel Macron.