The president and the guest of honor walk the South Lawn to inspect the troops in a ceremony meant to invoke a combination of diplomacy and pageantry.
He thanked her for her efforts on the dinner and said she had created an evening that everyone will always "cherish and remember". And in other White House business, the current FLOTUS has been keeping busy by planning the administration's first state dinner.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan will be attending Tuesday night's event, according to spokeswoman AshLee Strong.
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The size of the crowd that accepted invitations to Trump's first state dinner makes it one of the more intimate events of its kind in some time. The Obama administration hosted 14 state dinners in eight years, but Barack Obama did not promise to plan state dinners in synchrony with the USA trade deficit.
The president lavished praise on his wife as he gave a toast at the opulent affair, calling her "America's absolutely incredible first lady".
The first lady paid homage to France with a Chanel Haute Couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystals and sequins.
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Ironically, the handsome gold-lined china set, commissioned as part of a 200th-anniversary celebration of the White House, was approved by President Trump's 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, back in 2000.
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Once the rest of the guests arrive downstairs, the heads of state descend the grand staircase to the song "Hail to the chief" and the visiting country's national anthem..
It's the first state dinner of President Donald Trump's administration.
Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson and Apple CEO Tim Cook arrived at the state dinner together before Olympic curler John Shuster and women's hockey player Meghan Duggan arrived.
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Several Cabinet secretaries have also arrived, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is awaiting Senate confirmation to become Trump's new secretary of state. The White House said last week that the climate deal was not on the agenda for the visit, "unless it's brought up by President Macron".