tv Arrival Ceremony for Australian Prime Minister CSPAN September 20, 2019 9:04am-9:39am EDT
prime minister morrison, mrs. morrison, members of the australian delegation, and distinguished guests, today we celebrate the long cherished and unwavering friendship between the united states and australia. the first lady and i are honored to welcome you and jennifer to the white house and we look forward to hosting you for a state dinner tonight in the rose garden. it will be quite something. the unbreakable bond between america and australia is rooted in eternal ties of history, culture, and tradition. last year our nations commemorated 100 years of mateship since our gallant service members fought together in world war i. today we vowed to carry on the righteous legacy of our exceptional alliance.
the close relationship between our two countries dates back to the earliest days of the american republic. in 1792 during george washington's first term the american ship philadelphia became the first foreign trading vessel to enter an australian port. in the coming decades, american prospectors, whalers and merchants traveled to australia for opportunity and adventure. they found in your people a kindred spirit, americans and aussies are loyal, bold, independent, and very, very resilient. with incredible optimism and grit our forefathers built homes and nations in lands of endless beauty and possibility. together we share common customs, common values, common dreams, and common heroes.
in the first world war, our bond was sealed in blood at the battle of omal in france. in the words of australian general john monesh, the events at that took place there live forever in the annals of our respective nations. the general led the operation and began the offensive on the 4th of july 1918 to honor the americans under his command. on that independence day the mighty aussie and american forces charged uphill to push the enemy from the high ground and retake strategically vital towns. in just 93 minutes they liberated the village and helped turn the tide on the western front. it went very, very quickly. as general monash later wrote,
the americans were ever after received by the australians as blood brothers. since that day, australians and americans have fought together side by side in every major conflict. in world war ii the aussies held the line against rommel for eight harrowing months to brook. they sacrificed sailors during the battle of coral sea and 75 years ago aussie pilots patrolled the skies above normandy on d-day as we battled together to defeat the nazis and rescue civilization. the united states and australia formalized our security alliance in 1951. decades later september 10th, 2001, right here at the white house, our nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of that treaty.
the next morning, september 11th, america was attacked and australia invoked the treaties mutual defense commitment for the first time ever. in the weeks that followed, as our beloved sons and daughters deployed to defend our freedom, we took comfort in knowing that they would have australian warriors right by their side. today on national prisoner of war missing in action recognition day, we pledge to forever honor our service members captured or still missing from battle throughout our history. we work and pray for the day when all of our heroes return home. on behalf of every american, i extend my profound thanks to the people of australia for our shared fight against the menace
of fascism, terrorism. in the past century our nations have withstood the test of time here on earth and led our nation into the stars. this year the united states commemorated the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing. today we give thanks to the nation of australia for its vital contributions to the extraordinary achievement. on july 20th, 1969 when neil armstrong planted our great american flag on the face of the moon, the ground station broadcasting this iconic image to the world was australian. together our people have laid down their lives to protect our civilization from tyranny. we have pioneered some of the most remarkable advances in human history and every shared
endeavor we have shown the world what it truly means to be friends, mates, and allies. as we begin the next century of our truly extraordinary partnership, i know that america and australia will remain forever united in defense of our liberty, our sovereignty, and our most treasured values. thank you, god bless you. god bless australia. and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applaus [applause] >> i'd just say to the president, thanks, mate. mr. president, mrs. trump,
honored guests, distinguished guests, friends one and all here in this land of liberty. thank you, mr. president and mrs. trump, for the honor you have bestowed on my country here today with this extraordinary welcome. what jenny and i bring with us and our delegation the amity, the thanks, and respect of 25 million australians for this great country of these united states of america. 50 years ago another australian prime minister visited the white house and he said there are too many bonds between our two countries for any australian prime minister to feel he is a stranger. so once again as another prime minister returns as a friend, to celebrate with you, mr. president, one of our
oldest and dearest friendships, it is wonderful to be here. australians and americans understand each other like few other people. and it is true that you and i have established a very early understanding for which i'm grateful. no two peoples in the world make better friends easier than ours. your respect for australia, mr. president, your personal encouragement, and the example afforded by your passion for what makes america great makes ours a very easy connection. for a century, as you have recounted, we have done what true friends do, stick by each other. ronald reagan spoke of the troops and tradition that define the united states. australians share these truths and traditions. we see the world through the
same lens. from the cornfields to the jungles of southeast asia in the pacific, to the waters of the straits of hormuz, australians and americans continue to stand together. i'm reminded of a story of a young american soldier in the first world war calling out to some australian soldiers to help to attend to the wounded, and an australian soldier replied in a notorious blunt language of soldiers which i will censor here, we're in this thing together. [laughter] >> mr. president, australia may often look-- he's a new yorker. [laughter] >> mr. president, australia might often look to the united states, but we have never been a country that has been
prepared to lead us to the united states, we don't. that's not our way. we pull our weight. like you, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor are found in our willingness to stand for what we believe. we believe, as teddy roosevelt declared that national strength is found in the ability of citizens to live out their lives with self-restraint, mastery, common sense, the power of accepting individual responsibility and the ability to act in conjunction with others and with courage and resolution. we believe in the capacity of enterprise and free markets to create wealth and to list all for free and fair trade to bring nations closer together. we believe that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed and that the ballot box and democracy is the surest foundation for peace and
security. and we believe in the rule of law and freedom of association. these beliefs spurred this country to build a mighty canal, to stand up to fascism and militaryism and rebuild the world. inspired the fascination, wonder and joy of the world's children through a little mouse who could whistle a tune, who took humanity to the moon and indeed, we're going back again. tore down a wall that separated liberty from oppression, and imagined engineered and built a digital world that has connected humanity in a way that we can't now imagine living without. america reminds the world that it can be done. how great is america? the world is a better place because of this country living out its moral purpose, a world
not just more secure, but more prosperous as well. the new economies of the world lifting hundreds of millions from poverty do so because they first saw the united states to fight a century and then invited them to support and follow. mr. president i know the leaders of more powerful nations will visit this home known throughout the world and will be welcomed as friends, but you won't find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better mate than australia. it is a coincidence of history that on the very day pearl harbor was attacked australia gifted a 99 year lease to build an embassy on our capital and 60 years later the president remarked on september 11th another australian prime minister, john house was here in washington in our embassy and invoked our treaty with you and pledged our country to stand with you against the architects of terror as we do to this day.
when president reagan welcomed another australian prime minister on this lawn he reminded us liberty is not an inevitable state and no law that once achieved it will survive so we pledge here at the dawn of another century to renew and modernize our alliance for a new century, to continue to be vigilant and strong and to build the economic strength that our world needs that contributes to the peace and prosperity of all. whatever lies ahead in this century, i know that australia and the united states will go on to meet it with the same courage, the same daring, the same unbreakable bonds that has defined the first century of mateship. the president and mrs. trump, thank you again for welcoming jen and me here and here as true friends. may god bless you. may god bless the good people
♪ >> wrapping up this arrival ceremony for australian prime minister scott morrison and his wife jenny. we're in the united states until the 27th stopping in chicago, ohio and new york. later this morning, president trump will be meeting with the prime minister and they'll follow that up with a joint news conference at 11:45. we will have live coverage of that here on c-span2. also, the president and first lady will host a state dinner for the prime minister and his wife this evening. this will be just the second state dinner. here is a look at coverage tonight. >> president trump and first lady melania trump will host the second state dinner of his administration as he welcomes australian prime minister scott morrison and his wife jenny morrison. watch guest arrivals and toasts. it begins 6:30 on-line on c-span.org or listen on the
free c-span radio app. today washington d.c. area youth climate activists hold a rally calling for congressional action on climate change. watch live at 12:30 p.m. eastern on c-span2, on-line at c-span.org ar listen on the free c-span radio app. >> i tell bernie sanders voters all the time i defy you to care more about poor people than i do, because you don't. i defy you to say you care more about access to health care than i do because you don't. i defy you to say you care more about entertaining poor kids than i do, because you don't. but we have very different solutions about how to get there. >> kay coles james on her life, career, and government in politics, and her work in the heritage foundation think tank.