Donald and Melania Trump have returned to Washington following their weekend at the G7 summit in France.
The president and first lady looked tired from the trans-Atlantic journey as they stepped off Marine One on the White House lawn on Monday night.
Despite the pitch-black skies, Melania wore a pair of wide-rimmed sunglasses as she deplaned.
Trump fought off the jet lag long enough to take a shot at one of his favorite adversaries on Twitter.
‘Just returned to Washington from France and the very successful G-7, only to find that the Fake News is still trying to perpetuate the phony story that I wanted to use Nuclear weapons to blow up hurricanes before they reach shore,’ he tweeted.
‘This is so ridiculous, never happened!’
Donald and Melania Trump returned to Washington on Monday night after spending the weekend at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France
The president waved to reporters as he and the First Lady walked across the White House lawn
The pair appeared to be tired from the trip across the Atlantic following a busy weekend
Donald’s navy suit was wrinkled from the journey while Melania’s outfit – a navy blouse, white jeans and white pointed-toe flats, still looked pristine
Trump fought off the jet lag long enough to take a shot at one of his favorite adversaries on Twitter, decrying reports that he had suggested using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes
The Commander-in-Chief spent the weekend with his Group of Seven counterparts in Biarritz, France, discussing everything from internet law to ISIS.
While Trump was away, Axios published a report claiming that he had spoken with several Homeland Security and national security officials about using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes from hitting the US.
Trump decried the report and said it was ‘just more FAKE NEWS!’.
During the summit Axios published an article claiming that Trump had spoken with several Homeland Security and national security officials about using nuclear weapons to block hurricanes from hitting the US. The president decried the report and said it was ‘just more FAKE NEWS!’ in a tweet posted as he was meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left)
Trump spent the weekend meeting with fellow Group of Seven leaders in Biarritz, seen above on Sunday night. From left to right are: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Melania Trump, Donald Trump, French First Lady Brigitte Macron, French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Senegal’s President Macky Sall
Meanwhile, Melania toured southern France with fellow first ladies and posed for plenty of photos with her husband. G7 wives (left to right) Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, Jenny Morrison, wife of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brigitte Macron, Malgorzata Tusk, wife of European Council President Donald Tusk, Adele Malpass, wife of World Bank President David Malpass and Melania Trump are seen during a visit to the traditional Basque village of Combo-les-Bains on Sunday
The president’s denial came just as he was meeting with German Chancellor Angel Merkel and pressuring her to take back ISIS fighters who left Europe for the Middle East.
Other highlights from the busy summit included meeting with French President Emanuel Macron to negotiate a digital tax on internet companies, discussing whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be invited to next year’s event and reportedly skipping out on a meeting on climate change.
Meanwhile, Melania toured southern France with fellow first ladies and posed for plenty of photos with her husband.
Next year Trump hopes to host the summit at his golf resort in Florida.
During a press conference on Monday, he boasted that Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort has ‘a series of magnificent buildings. We call them bungalows. They each hold from 50 to 70 very luxurious rooms with magnificent views.’
‘We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants. It’s like, it’s like such a natural,’ he said.
Trump bragged that the property includes ‘many hundreds of acres so that in terms of parking, in terms of all of the things that you need [it’s] among the biggest in Florida, and the best.’
Asked point-blank if he was trying to monetize the presidency, he shot back: ‘No, not at all.’
The 643-room resort saw a 69 percent slide in revenues during 2017, according to The Washington Post, one of the newspapers Trump most loves to hate.
The president said officials would soon release information to the public about his team’s search for a G7 venue, which involved a dozen possible locations. He said representatives from the US military and Secret Service were part of the delegation.
Trump said Putin would ‘certainly’ receive an invite to the next summit, but wondered whether such a ‘proud person’ would attend unless as an equal partner of a restored G8 group.
Russia was part of the group before getting kicked out following its invasion of Crimea.
‘I don’t know that he’d accept. Those are tough circumstances,’ Trump said. ‘He was a part of G8, and all of a sudden he’s not out or he’s not in. So I think … actually that’s a pretty tough thing for him.’
Trump says he hopes to host next year’s summit at his golf resort (pictured) in Doral, Florida. He boasted about the property’s ‘magnificent’ buildings at a press conference on Monday
The president also said he plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the 2020 summit