• Pictures show high-profile titans of business and politics arrive for Trump's first state dinner as president

    5 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump held their first state dinner on Tuesday night, honoring the French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, amid the swanky, gold-themed backdrop of the White House State Room. Luminaries from the worlds of business and politics were in attendance.
    Trump broke with tradition by not holding a state dinner during his first year in office. At the time, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was no "singular reason" for the decision.
    Political observers searched for meaning in Trump's decision to host Macron...
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  • The most surprising formal protocol presidents and first ladies have to follow during official state visits

    The most surprising formal protocol presidents and first ladies have to follow during official state visits

    5 monthes ago - By Chron

    At the most powerful address in the country, receiving special visitors is not just part of the job, but a long-held diplomatic tradition.
    State visits are the highest-ranking form of diplomatic visits - only heads of state qualify for the lavish public ceremony.
    Every president since Calvin Coolidge has held at least one state dinner a year, except President Donald Trump, who waited until his second year to invite French President Emmanuel Macron.
    Though each state visit varies to best accommodate the president and first lady's wishes, much of the walking, standing, and shaking hands is...
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