President Donald Trump will travel in November to Paris for a military parade and to Buenos Aires for a global economic forum, the White House announced Friday, but he will skip a pair of regional summits in Asia that month, sending Vice President Mike Pence instead.
The president’s foreign trips — he also will visit Ireland and Colombia — will take place shortly after the midterm elections and could come at a time of political tumult if Democrats succeed in winning control of at least one chamber of Congress.
Two weeks ago, Trump announced on Twitter his intention to attend the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice on Nov. 11 in France after abruptly canceling his proposed military parade in Washington on Veterans Day because of exorbitant cost projections.
The president’s participation in the commemoration “will highlight the sacrifices that Americans have made, not only during World War I but also in the century since, in the name of liberty,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Later in the month, Trump plans to attend the annual G-20 summit, held this year in Argentina on Nov. 30, for meetings with leaders of the world’s largest economies.
Sanders said Trump will “highlight his pro-growth economic policies on an international stage and meet bilaterally with other key world leaders,” though she did not offer details on which leaders the president will meet.