President Biden and first lady Jill Biden greeted French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife at the White House on Thursday — the first state visit in the Biden administration — as the two long-time allies plan to discuss a number of sensitive issues, including the war in Ukraine, China’s aggression and climate policy.
Biden, 80, and Macron, 44, are scheduled to sit down in the Oval Office for a bilateral discussion at 10 a.m. and then hold a joint press conference at 11:45 a.m.
A state dinner will be held Thursday evening.
For Macron, it’s his second State visit to Washington, D.C., since taking office in 2017 – he met with former President Donald Trump in November 2018.
Biden and a contingent of administration officials gathered on the South Lawn as part of the pomp-filled ceremony greeting Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron.
Among the US delegation were Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Vice President Kamala Harris.