Trump thanks first lady for work on state dinner

It wasn't the star-studded red carpet of the Obama years, but a veritable who's who of politicians and special guests of honor made their way to the White House Tuesday evening for the Trump administration's first state dinner, with France.

The first daughter chose a pink tiered polka-dot dress by Rodarte, the brand started by Los Angeles sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who showed the dress along with the rest of their collection in Paris during haute couture fashion week in July 2017.

It's an event that is drawing attention from around the entire globe and the fourteenth time the White House has hosted France for a state dinner.

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of 21st Century Fox and controller of Trump's favorite channel Fox News, attended, along with Goldman Sachs Executive Vice President John F.W. Rogers and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.

Macron opened a three-day state visit to the USA on Monday.

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"On both sides of the ocean, some two years ago, very few would have bet on us being here together today", the French president said.

Guests are arriving for the White House state dinner honoring the French president.

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.

As reported by PEOPLE, a press release from the Office of the First Lady explained the meaning behind the menu as it is to "celebrate the wondrous first harvest of spring, using greens from the White House kitchen garden".

Former National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton is lending his skills to the occasion Tuesday night. In fact, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited his "amazing chef" skills in a statement earlier this month on his departure.

The first lady selected a menu of rack of lamb and nectarine tart, along with after-dinner entertainment provided by the Washington National Opera. Trump said, "Oui", she spoke "un petit peu" of French. All eyes will be on the former model again Tuesday when she steps out in a designer gown to greet the Macrons as they arrive for dinner.


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