Travel pool report #3 / departure from Bastille Day parade

From: "Bennett, Brian"
Date: July 14, 2017 at 12:43:34 PM GMT+2
Subject: Travel pool report #3 / departure from Bastille Day parade

At 12:24 pm, the motorcade left the viewing stand at the Place de la Concorde and is headed for the airport for the Air Force One departure from Paris.

We are told POTUS and FLOTUS are in the limo, but we did not see them get in.

The press pool was rushed to the van while President Trump, FLOTUS, President Macron and Brigitte Macron were standing together and talking at the end of the Bastille Day parade.

The parade lasted more than two hours, during which French and American troops marched before the two leaders as well as armored personnel carriers, tanks, missile launchers and other military equipment. Dozens of military planes and helicopters flew down the Champs-Elysees and over the heads of the two presidents.

Bands played traditional French marching music. At one point a marching band spelled out the word "NICE" in front of the VIP reviewing stand. That band also played a rendition of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

At the conclusion of the parade, Macron issued brief remarks with Trump standing beside him. The remarks were open press.

"We have also found sure allies, friends, who came to help us," Macron said. "The United States of America are among them. That is why nothing will separate us, never. The presence today of the US President Donald Trump and his wife is the sign of a friendship that lasts through time."

The two couples then walked across the square to stand in front of large American and French flags unfurled before them.

Brian Bennett
Los Angeles Times
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