tv U.S. House of Representatives Joint Meeting of Congress CSPAN April 25, 2018 10:50am-11:55am EDT
the speaker: members of congress, i have the high privilege and the distinct honor presenting to you his presenti excellencies, emmanuel macron, the president of the french epublic. president macron: mr. speaker, mr. vice president, honorable members of the united states congress, ladies and gentlemen,
it is an honor for france, for the french people, and for me to be received in the sanctuary of democracy where so much of the history of the united states has been written. we're surrounded today with portraits and symbols been written. which reminds us that france has participated with heart in hand in the story of this great nation. from the very beginning. we have fault shoulder to shoulder many battles, starting
with those that gave bisht -- girth to the united states of america. since--birth of the united states of america. since then we have shared a common humanity. our two nations are rooted in the same soil, grounded in the same ideals of the american and french revolutions. we have worked together for the universal ideals of liberty, tolerance, and equal rights. human, this is also gutsy, throughout history. and benjaminfrench franklin met in paris. john adams tells the story that after they shook hands they embraced the shoulder by hugging one another in their arms and kissing each other's cheeks.
can remind you something. this morning, i stand in the protective gaze of lafayette rise behind me. as a brave young man he fought alongside george washington and forged a tight relationship fueled by respect and affection. lafayette used to call himself the son of the united states, and in 1792, george washington became a son of america and france when our first republic warded citizenship to him. dnchdnch french republic awarded
citizenship to him. in your beautiful capital city with plans conceived by a french architect. the miracle of the relationship between the united states and france is that we have never lost the special bond deeply rooted not only in our history but also in our flesh. this is why i invited president donald trump for the first bastille day parade on the presidency on the fourth of july last year. today president trump's decision o offer france his first state visit to washington has resonance because it represents the continue ute of our shared history in a troubled world. thank your president
and the first lady for this wonderful invitation to my wife nd myself. i am so very grateful and i would like also to thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for welcoming me on this occasion. and i would like to especially thank you, mr. speaker, for your invitation. i want you to know how much i appreciate this unique gesture, hank you, sir. the strength of our bonds is the source of our shared ideals. this is what united us in the struggle against imperialism during the first world war. then in the fight against nazisk
during the second world war, this is what united us again during the era of the stalinist threats and now we lean on that strength to fight against terrorist groups. let us for a moment transport past.ves to the imagine this is july 4, 1916, ack then the united states had not entered world war i. and yet a young american enlisted in the ranks of our foreign legion because he loved france and he loved the cause of freedom. this young american would fight , notie on independence day
far from my hometown after having written these words. i have rendezvous with death. he name of this young american alan ciger, a statue stands in is honor in paris. since 1776, we, the american and french people, have had a rendezvous with freedom. nd with it comes sacrifices. honored y we're very robert resence today of jackson, a world war ii veteran.
he took part in the d-day landing. he fought for our freedom 74 years ago. sir, on behalf of france, thank you. i bow to your courage and rober jackson, a world war ii veteran. he took part in the your evotion. in recent years our nations have suffered wrenching losses simply because of our values and our taste for freedom. cause these values are the very ones those terrorists hate. on september 11,
2001, many americans had an unexpected rendezvous with death. over the last five years my country and europe also experienced terrible terrorist attacks. and we shall never forget 2001, many americans had an unexpected rendezvous the victims nor the incredible resilience of our people in the aftermath. it is a horrific price to pay for freedom, for democracy. that is why we stand together in syria today to fight together against this terrorist groups we seek -- who seek to destroy everything for which we stand. . we have encountered countless rendezvous with death because we have this attachment to freedom and democracy.
as emblazoned in the flags of -- french revolutionaries live free or die. thankfully, freedom is also the source of all that is worth living for. freedom is a call to think and to love. it is a call to our will. that is why in times of peace, france and the united states were able to forge unbreakable bounds from the grips of painful memories. the most indestructible, the most powerful, the knots ties n us is the one that our people. the unfinished business of democracy. indeed, our two societies have stood up to advance the human rights for all.
they have engaged in a continual dialogue to impact this unfinished business. in this capitol rotunda, the birth of martin luther king, assassinated 50 years ago, reminds us of the inspiration of african-american leaders, artists, writers, will have become part of our common heritage. them.ebrate we have shared the history of civil rights. france's simon became a figure in gender equality in america in the 1970's. women's rights have long been a fundamental driver for our societies on both sides of the atlantic. this explains why the me too
movement has such a deep resonance in france. emocracy is made of day-to-day conversations. it is easier and deeper when we have the ability to speak a language, the heart also beats here in the united states, from new orleans to seattle. i want this heart to beat even harder in american schools all across the country. democracy relies also on the faculty of freely describing capacity to nd the advance the future. this is what culture brings. thousands of examples come to mind when we think of the exchanges between our cultures across the centuries. from thomas jefferson, who was
ambassador to france, and built his house in monticello. based on the building he loved in paris. to hemingway's novel, celebrating the capital city of france. from our 19th century french writer bringing to the french people the dream of mountains. to novels in the deep south. first read in france where they quickly gained literary praise. from jazz, coming from louisiana and the blues from mississippi, finding in france an enthusiastic public. to the american assassination -- for the french modern contemporary arts. these exchanges are vibrant in so many fields. from cinema to fashion, from design to high cuisine, from sports to visual arts.
scientific research as well as business and innovation are also a significant part of our shared journey. the united states is france's first scientific partner. our economic ties create hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the atlantic. this story of france and the united states is a story of dialogue made of common dreams, of common struggle for dignity and progress. it is the best achievement of our democratic principles and values. this is a very special relationship. his is us. but we must remember the
warning of president theodore roosevelt. freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction . we pass it to our children, it must be fought for, protected, handed on for them to do the ame. this is an urgent reminder, indeed, because now, going beyond our bilateral ties, beyond our very special relationship, europe and the united states must face together the global challenges of the century. and we cannot take for granted our history. -- we have to
succeed, facing these challenges, and we cannot succeed in forfeiting our principles and our history. in fact, the 21st century has brought a series of new threats and new challenges that our ancestors might not ever have imagined. our strongest challenges are unknown new world order, our societies are concerned about the future of our children. all of us gathered here in this noble chamber, we, elected officials, all share the responsibility to demonstrate that democracy remains the best answer to the questions that
are raised today. even if the foundations of our progress is disrupted, we must stand firmly and fight to make ur principles prevail. but we bear another responsibility from our collected history. today, the international community needs to step up our game and build the 21st century world order based on the perennial principles we established together after world war ii. the rule of law, the fundamentals values which we secured peace for 70 years are now questioned by urgent issues that require our joint action.
together, with our international allies and partners, we are facing inequalities created by globalization, threats to the planet, our common good, attacks on democracy through the rise of -- and the destabilization of our international community by new owers and criminal states. all these risks, both in the united states and in europe, we are living in a time of anger and fear because of these current global threats. but these feelings did not build anything. you can play with fear and anger for a time. ut they do not construct
anything. anger only freezes and weakens us. as roosevelt stated during his first inaugural speech. the only thing we have to fear s fear itself. therefore, let me say we have two possible ways ahead. we can choose isolationism, withdrawal, and nationalism. this is an option. it can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. but closing the door to the word will not stop the evolution of the word.
it will not douse in flame the fears of our citizens. we have to keep our eyes wide open to the new risks right in front of us. i'm convinced that if we decide to open our eyes wider we will be stronger. we will overcome the dangers. we will not let the work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hopes for greater prosperity. it is a critical moment. if we do not act with urgency as a global community, i am convinced that the international institutions, including the united nations and nato, will no longer be able to stabilize influence.
we will then inevitably and severely undermine the liberal order we built after world war ii. all the powers, with the strongest strategy and ambition, will then fill the void we will leave empty. all the powers will not hesitate one second to advocate their own model to shape the 21st century world order. personally, if you ask me, i do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the illusion f nationalism.
therefore, distinguished members of the congress, let us push them aside, write our own want. and future we we have to shape our common answers to the global threats that we are facing. e only option then is to strengthen our cooperation. we can build the 21st century world order based on a new breed of militarism, based on a more effective, accountable, and results oriented legion, a strong military legion. this requires more than ever
the united states' involvement as your role was decided for reating -- the united states is the one who invented this militarism. u are the one now who has to elp preserve it. this strong militarism will not outshine our national cultures and national identities. it is exactly the other way around. this will allow our cultures
and identities to be respected, to be protected, and to flourish freely together. why? because precisely our own sides s is based on both this unique ic, on taste for freedom, on this unique attachment for freedom. this is the unique option compatible with our nations, our cultures, our identities. . with the u.s. president. the with the support of the 535 members of this nation, with the whole american nation, we can actively contribute together to building the 21st century world order for our people -- for all
people. the united tates -- states and europe have a historical role in this respect. because it is the only way to defend what we believe in, to promote our universal values, to express strongly that human rights, the rights of minorities, and shared liberty as a true answer to the isorders of the world. i believe in these rights and
values, i believe that against ignorance we have education. against inequalities, development. against i cynicism, trust and good faith. against fanaticism, culture. against disease, medicine. against the threats on the lanets, science. in ieve the solutions are our hands. i believe in the liberation of the individual and in the
freedom and responsibility of everyone to build their own life nd pursue happiness. i believe in the power of intelligently regulated market economies. we're experiencing positive globalization my with innovations, with job creations. we see, however, the abuses of globalized capitalism and digital disruptions which jeopardize our economies and democracies. i believe facing these challenges requires the opposite deregulation and extreme nationalism. commercial war is not the proper answer to deregulation and xtreme nationalism. these evol.
e need a free and fair trade or sure. a commercial war is not consistent with our mission, with our history, with our current commitments for global security. at the end of the day, it will destroy jobs, increase prices, and the middle class will have to pay for it. righteve we can build the answers to legitimate concerns regarding trade advances by negotiating through the world trade organization and building cooperative solutions.
we wrote these rules. we should follow them. i believe we can address all citizens' concerns regarding privacy and personal data. the recrept facebook -- the recent facebook hearings saw the necessaryity to preserve our citizens' digital rights. nd protect the confidence no today's digital life. the european union passed a new regulation today's digital life.. i believe the united states and the european union should cooperate, find the right balance between innovation and ethics, and harness the best of today's revolutions in digital data and artificial
ntelligence. i believe facing an equality should push to improve policy coordination to reduce financial speculation and create mechanisms to protect the middle middle class interests. because our middle classes are the backbone of our democracies. i believe in building a better future for our children which requires offering them a planet
that is still habitible in 25 years. some people think that securing current industries and their urgent than transformling our -- transforming our economies to meet urgent the challenges of g change. i hear these concerns but we must find a smooth transition to low-carbon economy. cause what is the meaning of
our life, our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet while sacrificing the future of our children. what is the meaning of our life if our decision, is to reduce he properties for our children r grandchildren? by polluting the oceans, not mitigating fuel emission, and destroying our biodiversity, we're killing our planet. let us face it. here is no planet b.
we is issue it may happen have disagreements between the united states and france. it may happen. like in all families. but that's for me a short-term development. we will have to face some realities and we're just citizen of this same planet, so we will have to face it. some beyond, some short-term developments. we have to work together with business leaders and local communities, let us work ogether in order to make our planet great again planet great again and create new jobs and new opportunity. hile supporting our earth.
freedom and human rights. with that comes the responsibility to continue their new century and to preserve the perennial values handed to us and assure that today's unprecedented innovations in new century and science and e perennial technology remain the service liberty and in the preservation of our planet for the next generations. to protect our democracies we have to fight against the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to sci echnology irrational theory and image -- maginary risk. and let me for copyright for the
expression fake news, especially here. without proof there is no real democracy. because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions. the corruption of information is an attempt to corrode the very spirit of our democracies. we also have to fight against the terrorist propaganda that spreads the fanaticism on irrational the lanet. it has a gripping inference on some of our citizens and children. i want to this fight to be part of our bilateral commitment and with your president the importance of such an agenda. i want this fight to be part of
the adjacent agenda because here again it deeply harms our right and shared values. the terrorist threats is even more dangerous when it is combined with the nuclear proliferation threat. we must therefore be vigilant of to secure a ng nuclear bofment that is why france supports fully the united states in its efforts to bring a pyongyang -- to bye pong yang sanctions and denuclear igs of the korean peninsula. -- denuclearization of the orean peninsula. for iran our objective is
iran, which represents a great civilization. let us not replicate past mistakes in the five years, reg what not be naive on side, let us not create new alls also on the other side. there is an existing framework called the jcpoa to control the nuclear activity of iran. we signed it. at the initiative of the united states. we signed it, both the united states and france. that is why we cannot say we hould get rid of it like that.
it is true to say that this agreement may not address all concerns and very important concerns. this is true. but we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead. hat's my position. that's why france will not leave the jcpoa because we signed it. your president and your country will have to take in the current days and weeks its own
responsibilities regarding this issue. but what i want to do and what we decided together with your president is that we can work on more comprehensive deal addressing all these concerns. that is why we have to work on this more comprehensive deal pillars.four the substance of the existing agreement. especially if you decide to live it. the post-2025 period in order to be sure we will never have any nuclear activity for iran. the containment of the military influence of the iranian regime in the region. activity. listic i think these four pillars, the
ne i addressed in front of the assembly of the united nations last september, are the ones which cover the legitimate fears of the united states and our allies in the region. i think we have to start working now on these four pillars to build this new comprehensive deal and to be sure that whatever decision of the united states will be, we will not leave the floor to the absence of rule. we will not leave the floor to this conflict of powers in the middle east. we will not increase tensions. that's my position and i think e can work together to build
this comprehensive deal for the whole region for our people because i think it addresses our concerns. hat's my position. and this containment, i mentioned one of the pillars, also in non, iraq, syria. building a sustainable peace in a united and inclusive syria requires indeed that all powers in the region respect the sovereignty of its people and the diversity of its communities. syria, we worked very closely together. after weapons were used against
the population by the regime of bashar al-assad two weeks ago, the united states and france together with the united kingdom worked to restore the credibility of the international community. this action was one of the best vidence of this strong military legion. and i want to pay official tribute to our soldiers because they did a very great job in this region and on this ccasion. beyond this action, we will
together work for humanitarian solutions and contribute actively to a lasting political solution to put an end to this tragic conflict. and i think one of the very important decisions we took together with president trump was precisely to include syria in this large framework for the overall region and decide to work together on this political deal for syria, for the syrian people, even after our war against isis. where terrorist networks span a footprint as large as europe, french and american soldiers are confronting the same enemy and risking their lives together. here, i would like to pay special tribute to the american ldiers and to the french
comrades who lost their lives earlier this year. better than anyone i think, our troops know what the alliance and friendship between our countries means. i believe facing all these challenges, all these fears, our his anger, our duty, destiny is to work together and to build this new strong military legion. distinguished members of congress, ladies and gentlemen,
1960, one affirmed that nothing was important to france as the resolution, the friendship of the great people of the united states. 8 years later to this very the come here to show warmest feelings of the french nation and to tell you that our people cherish the friendship of the american people with as uch intensity as ever. the united states and the american people are an
essential part of our future in democracy, in what women and men can accomplish in this world when we are driven by high ideals and an unbreakable trust in humanity and progress. the the call we hear is call of history. this is a time of determination and courage. what we cherish is at stake. what we love is in danger. have no choice but to prevail, and together we shall prevail.
the speaker: the purpose of the joint meeting having been completed, the chair declares the joint meeting of the two houses resolved. the house will continue in recess subject to the call of the chair. joint meeting finishing up after hearing from french president macron. the address available on c-span. we will reair it later on the c-span networks. the house now in recess. they'll be back in just a bit to start legislative work dealing with the columbia river power system. also a bill on music royalties. they'll begin work today on a
five-year f.a.a. re-authorization. final debate on that tomorrow or friday. live house coverage on c-span when they get started. the french president will be speaking this afternoon at george washington university. we'll show that later today. tonight on c-span2 at 9:00 eastern. president trump yesterday held his first state dinner in honor of the french president and his wife. we'll show you some of the highlights, including here the guest arrivals. formal pictures and the dinner toast. we will see you as much as we can until the house returns for legislative work. [inaudible]