State Dinner Toasts CSPAN April 24, 2018 10:52pm-11:14pm EDT
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trump first took office. president trump spoke about the history of cooperation between the two countries and the friendship between george washington and marquis lafayette. president trump: president macron and bridget, we are profoundly honored to host you and your entire french delegation for our first official state dinner.
and to america's absolutely incredible first lady, thank you for making this an evening you will always cherish and remember. melania.u, [applause] president trump: tonight we celebrate 2.5 centuries of friendship between the united states and france. yesterday we had a wonderful visit to mount vernon, a place that is truly special in the history of this very remarkable friendship.
it was there that general george washington met with the general signs of to finalize rick perry at yorktown, many victories. was there after the war generals lafayette returned to visit his adopted father, george washington. son afterand his washington as a tribute to respect and love for his dear friend. president trump: there at mount
vernon hanging on the wall for all to see is the key to the bastille, a gift from lafayette to washington. has tomb of imprisonment became a symbol of liberty and the desire for freedom that burns brightly in the heart of every french and american patriot. president trump: this is the divine flame of which evil cannot fully extinguished and good can make into splendor.
this is the flame that spurred american soldiers to join the french on the battlefield of world war i. this is the flame of french the countryf which rallied in 1940. more than a million french defeated fascism in world war ii, and this is the conviction that tonight's french and american souls as he worked together every day to build a future that is more just, prosperous, and free.
the veins that link our nation are forged in battle, strengthened through trial and defined by the timeless principles that make us who and what we are. respect for life, love our neighbors, pride in our traditions, the defense of our heritage, and reverence for the rights bestowed upon us through grace and the glory of god. tonight i ask that we raise our glasses as i offer this toast to president macron and bridget, to
friends, who you were so kind to invite. [frencht macron: translation] -- [speaking french] >> [translation] this white house full of history, that the british burned down, and i say animals amaq away, james monroe had the brilliant idea decorating with french furniture. a man of faith. he was a former ambassador to paris. [speaking inon: french] [translation] thanks to the gift you kindly gave us this morning. president macron: [speaking in french]
revolution that saw the both of theed states of america and volition that freed us. all along our history and the wars we have led together for freedom and to defend our values, this relationship, which is based on all of our values. president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] and to nine, my
thoughts go to the young lafayette who came to risk his life because of his love for freedom. thoughts also go to the tens of thousands of american soldiers, young soldiers gave their life's during world war i and world war ii on the soil for was not theirs, but these freedoms which wish cherished and which was theirs. president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] we have always been there for the appointments of the joint history. this is the reason why today we have no alternative but to be there also for an appointment with history. president macron: [speaking in french]
united states, and at the head of france, is also about manyrsal when too generations sacrifice themselves. president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] these valleys -- values that we support, ladies and gentlemen, they represent you who are here with us tonight. the field of culture, the economic life, political life, or diplomacy, there is always
this little extra, which you represent because you are french, because you are american. president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] this is the reason why, mr. president, we have decided to work together for both our countries, and also aboute this duty is something that goes beyond us. this is also the reason why our military took legitimate action
if you days ago. this is also the reason why we will work for stability and to preserve all values. president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] this is the only way we both have to deal with history that goes beyond us. the duty that is ours. and many commend our friendship, but i think it only helps us to work together to achieve these goals. president macron: [speaking in french]
>> [translation] on both sides of the oceans, some two years ago, very few would have bet on us being here together today. as a matter of fact, we share the same determinations and the to serve both our countries, your country, my country, and the rest of the world. president macron: [speaking in french]
challenges ahead of us. we will keep working together. i would like to thank you for this, as well as for this invitation. president macron: [speaking in french] ,> [translation] mr. president dear donald, dear melania, thank you, thank you for honoring wife and thed my french delegation with this first french visit. which commemorates the quality of our two countries. in turn, please allow me to raise my glass.
president macron: [speaking in french] >> [translation] please allow me to raise my glass to all of our fellow citizens on both sides of the ocean who fought for our values. please allow me to raise my glass. debtse to be up to the that we owe them an up to the sacrifice. please allow me to raise my glass to the friendship between
france and the united states. [applause] good evening from washington. tonight at the white house president trump and melania trump are hosting their first state dinner. the guest of honor, french president emmanuel macron and his wife, bridget macron. 120 people received an invitation for the festivity and