Trump Says He Wants a July 4th Parade in Front of the White House Showcasing ‘Military Strength’

President Donald Trump said that he is considering holding a Fourth of July parade on Pennsylvania Avenue — or in front of the White House — showcasing America’s “military strength.” His inspiration for a military parade came after his visit with French president Emmanuel Macron earlier this year, as he visited the country during Bastille Day festivities which tout armed service strength. Trump explained his military parade idea at a United Nations press conference:
“At Bastille Day, one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen. It was two hours and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France… Because of what I’ve witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth, in Washington Continue reading "Trump Says He Wants a July 4th Parade in Front of the White House Showcasing ‘Military Strength’"

Four U.S. Women Attacked with Acid at France Train Station

Four women in France were attacked with acid at a train station earlier today. The women were tourists from the U.S., and two of them have been taken to the hospital. The other two, CNN reports, are in shock. The assailant has been described as a 41-year-old woman and French police are not treating this as an act of terrorism. BuzzFeed flagged a statement from Boston College confirming the four young women were BC juniors. You can watch CNN’s report above. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

French President Emmanuel Macron Spends €26,000 on ‘Urgent’ Makeup Needs

As French president Emmanuel Macron’s approval ratings plummet into the 30s, his makeup expenditures appear to be on the rise, as the 39-year-old has reportedly spent €26,000 in his first three months at the Élysée Palace. According to Le Point magazine, the president’s makeup assistant requested two service fees of €10,000 and €16,000, which is equivalent to roughly $30,000. In an attempt to justify the outrageous expenditure, the presidential residence claimed, “we called in a contractor as a matter of urgency” and added that makeup funds will be slashed in the future, per The Telegraph. Macron’s approval ratings in France have taken a large dip during his short time in office. Just 37 percent of voters approve of his presidential record, which is a 20 point drop from his early days in office — a stark turn around from his successes in creating a majority in parliament while leading Continue reading "French President Emmanuel Macron Spends €26,000 on ‘Urgent’ Makeup Needs"

Watch This Never-Ending Handshake Between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

There has been a lot of attention paid to President Donald Trump’s alpha-dog power-grip handshake. I mean, a lot of attention. So when Trump met French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time in May, everyone noticed Macron’s intense handshake with Trump in which he forcefully gripped Trump’s hand for an extended period of time. With Trump taking a short trip to France for Bastille Day at Macron’s request, all eyes were on how the two men would interact. In this instance, the two men seemingly couldn’t keep their hands off each other, as the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman noted:

Donald Trump Just Gave the Best Press Conference of His Presidency

Coming off a day of touring in Paris, Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference. Though it was brief, with the two men taking only four questions, it was unquestionably the best presser Trump has conducted since becoming president. The performance shows that, contrary to much of the media narrative surrounding the so-called “unscripted” Trump, the real estate magnate turned leader of the free world can still turn on the public charm when he wants to. Trump’s success in the press conference was far from expected — especially after questions got nasty. From the American side ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega got the ball rolling with tough questions about potential impropriety surrounding Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. “I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. It’s called opposition research,” Trump said. “That’s very standard in politics. Continue reading "Donald Trump Just Gave the Best Press Conference of His Presidency"