— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) April 25, 2018
I guess the good news is that Donny Dollhands didn’t try to return Louisiana to France, in hopes of pocketing the refund for himself…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2012
Prince and Princess Griftalot arrive at the Pre-Prison Cotillion. pic.twitter.com/mnn0blfRyw
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 24, 2018
Tonight's guests include Henry Kravis who gave $1 million to President Trump's inauguration (https://t.co/8bg3bLgoSg); Stephen Schwarzman, who gave $250,000 (https://t.co/Bss3hVXGu1); and Amb. Jamie McCourt, who gave "more than $400,000" to the campaign (https://t.co/2zLGzDF2Il). https://t.co/tb7j4KrqPq
— David Gura (@davidgura) April 25, 2018
From the Washington Post‘s style page:
… On an already symbolic evenin that carried the added pressure of being the Trumps’ foray into official diplomatic branding, the first couple managed to pull off the glitzy party in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, without any major glitches. There were the bigwigs gussied up in black tie, the fine china decorated in gold, the long red carpet, the thoughtful toasts. All in all it was a state dinner, but in and of itself that is something.
Remember back on the campaign trail when then-candidate Trump denounced state dinners altogether? Speaking about “China and others” who allegedly “ripped off” the United States, Trump said that the White House should “forget the state dinners that cost, by the way, a fortune.” Hamburgers, which POTUS unabashedly enjoys, and a conference table were all the pomp and circumstance he needed, so the campaign bombast went, to iron things out.
My, how things have changed…
The list was fairly standard for events like these, filled mostly with White House officials, cabinet members, the diplomatic corps and a smattering of surprise faces.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo breezed past the press without answering any questions about his nomination for secretary of state. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was one of the few Democrats who made the cut. Apple CEO Tim Cook brought along former Obama administration EPA chief and current Apple environmental director Lisa Jackson. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch arrived with his wife, former model Jerry Hall, who said she was looking forward to “seeing the French president.” Managing head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, who is French, was slightly less enthused. “This is my third French dinner,” she said.
The most unexpected (and perhaps joy-filled) moment came when a seemingly unrecognizable couple arrived at the White House. (Don’t worry: their last name wasn’t Salahi.)
“Are we supposed to stop?” asked the man as he conferred with the woman standing next to him. To help jog the press’s memory “in case you guys don’t know who we are,” the pair pulled two giant medals seemingly out of nowhere. Still nothing? Remember the Olympics? In South Korea? Which would have been a “total failure” without President Trump? These two — curler John Shuster and ice hockey player Meghan Duggan — were there and won gold…
The three-course meal — “a showcase of the best of America’s cuisines,” according to the East Wing — featured rack of lamb served alongside jambalaya, a traditional Louisiana dish with heavy French influences. The Post’s food critic Tom Sietsema described the main course as “a lovely nod to the American South.” The wine that was paired with dinner all hailed from the West Coast and not from the president’s own winery in central Virginia…
White House prohibition on inflatable companions leaves a disgruntled Stephen Miller dateless for State Dinner. pic.twitter.com/AOlfc0L3O4
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 25, 2018
Incidentally, looks like Ronny Jackson should’ve passed one more illicit dose of Adderall over to his most prominent patient…
Every sound bite from Trump today was borderline incoherent. I know this is the norm now, but I think it's still worth noting for history.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 25, 2018
This may be the best story of the day — or even the month. Michael Anton, the always gruff NSC spokesman, is also a chef and cooked for the France state dinner tonight. And @MarkLandler tells the tale with grace and wit. #MustRead https://t.co/qKbQr0iwSu
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) April 25, 2018
(Until, of course, it turns out that Anton’s revenge involved poisoning those shrimp canapes.)