Vice President Pence Holds a Lunch in Honor of the President of France
Well. Thank you good afternoon every, IBM LCA been implemented to join, vice-president. Pence in welcoming. President, Emmanuel, macron and his. Wife Rashid to the State Department, yen vanu, it's. Fitting that we meet here today in the Benjamin, Franklin room. Where. We have welcomed many French presidents, and diplomats in, the past and for. Good reason, Benjamin. Franklin was. A central part of our two countries diplomatic. Relationship. As. The United States first, ambassador, to France appointed. 240. Years ago he. Was instrumental in establishing with, France our, Young, Republic's, first treaty alliance, from. In the very beginning of our nation's history the. United States and France have shared deep and abiding friendship. Built. On our foundational, commitment, to the defense of Liberty in our, own countries, and around the world. President. McCrone your. Visit today offers, an opportunity to, deepen, this historic, relationship, at a, time when it has never been more important, today. The. United States and France are together. Addressing. Global security, challenges and, supporting. The Democratic, aspirations of. People across the globe as well. As taking a firm. Unapologetic. Stand against. Regimes, that, use despicable, means like, chemical weapons against. Their own people. Creating. A more secure and prosperous future, for ourselves for. Our children for. Our grandchildren, requires. Steadfast. And willing partners we. Are so grateful for President McCrone he. Is that partner, in that leader. Fortunately. Our countries also benefit, from longstanding, commercial, and educational ties, our. Economic, relationship, is robust, and growing with. More than 1 billion dollars in daily bilateral, commercial, transactions, and our. Education, and cultural, exchange, programs serve as a foundation, for fostering. The deep people-to-people, ties that. Bind the United States and France so closely, we. Are proud that the hallmark educational. Program between our two countries the. U.s. France Fulbright, is one, of the oldest, and largest, in Europe the. Program just celebrated, seven years of engagement, and has provided 20,000. American, and French, students, with, the opportunity, to study teach. Or conduct research in each other's country. Of. Course we know that our partnership, is not just about the past it's. About the future we. Look forward to working with president McCrone to address the global challenges, that lie ahead, with. No further ado please join me in a toast. To. President, macron and to, the people of France may. Our alliance grew ever stronger and more dynamic over. The next 240, years and beyond, of, betrayal. On tape. And. Now. It's my great honor. To, introduce, the. Vice president, of the United States Mike. Pence. I. Want. To thank our Acting Secretary John, Sullivan. For. Those stirring, words and for his warm hospitality, here, today, at, the State Department, president. McCrone. Madam, mccrone. Ambassador. McCourt members of the, cabinet. Members. Of Congress distinguished, leaders and guests from both, sides of the Atlantic. You. May feel free to be seated. It, is a great honor for me, as. Vice president, to. Host you at the State Department today mr. president as. We celebrate the enduring friendship, between, the United States and America, and the French Republic. Karen. And I are deeply. Humbled to. Join you and med Emmett Rome today, with.
All Of these distinguished, gifts. Mr.. President it's no accident that France is the very first nation to be welcome to the United States for an official state visit, under. This administration. History. Attests. France. Was America's. First Ally, and France. Was, America's. First friend. And, as you visit demonstrates. Under. President, Donald Trump our cherished bond is only growing stronger, but. Mr. president it's also not an accident that you in particular, are. The first leader to receive this high, honor as. President, Trump said, earlier today the two of you have a wonderful. Friendship. It's. Evident, for all the world to see today and. It, is remarkable, to think about the similarities, the two of you share, just. Like our president you want an extraordinary, victory you. Upended, the establishment. You're charting an inspiring, new course for. Your nation just. Like our president you're fighting tirelessly to restore prosperity for, your people enacting. Bold reforms, by cutting regulations and, cutting taxes, actions. That even now are reviving, the economy of France and, just, as president Trump promised to make America great again, you. Promised to move France forward, on marsh. And. I. Know that everyone here will join me in applauding. The historic, progress, that you and president, Trump, are making. For both our peoples. Under. President Trump's leadership, sooraj. Election, to president. I am Peter Voser, known. As John Bonzo develop is so, home to row propulsion. Company. Lady, $2 ho Bertie. Couldn't, imagine it had ever been closer. And. Your. Strong personal, relationship is a reflection of the. Bond between our two people, but. As we heard today on the South Lawn to the White House the the. Vibrant, friendship, between, the. President of France and the President of the United States as, you. See. Huh seeing a donee indeed, this morning, you, both reflected.
Of, A 19 year old Frenchman who. Aid in America, during. Our revolution. And today. It. Is, a it's. A joy for me to, reflect on the story of the great friendship, between the. Marquis de, Lafayette and General. George Washington, as, President, Trump said this morning the bond between the United States and France actually began. 241. Years ago this month when. Lafayette, set sail for America only. Weeks after he arrived Lafayette, met George Washington. Lafayette. At age 19, General. Washington, at age 45. But. There was forged, a bond for the ages Washington, saw in Lafayette. A leadership. Qualities and the courage that would make a difference in the Continental, Army and, the Alliance was born for. The next four years Lafayette, served at General Washington side he survived the, long winter at Valley Forge he fought the enemy to a standstill at Monmouth and he. Led one of the final charges in the siege of Yorktown that, won our war of independence, and, secured our, freedom, after. The war concluded, Lafayette, returned to, France to advance the cause of Liberty in your, homeland, and. As you mentioned, on. The South Lawn today. Last. Night at Mount Vernon you, saw, firsthand, the. Key to the Bastille that, Lafayette, would. Return to, America, and present to General Washington as, a sign, of his enduring, and. Raishin and the. Strong, bond between our two people. Ultimately. Those two, great men shared a love of Liberty and to. This day freedom. Liberty. Is the, cord that binds the United States and France together as allies and his friends though. We're separated, by an ocean freedom, unites our nation's in common purpose though we speak different languages, freedom. Gives our people, of common tongue and. Though our two nations have, charted, our own distinct, courses, over. All the years freedom, gives us a common. Future a future, that, we are forging even. Today the. Shared lover Liberty is why France and the United States stand together with our NATO allies, to ensure a Europe, that is whole free. And at peace it's. Why our citizens, and our, soldiers have stood shoulder-to-shoulder together. In. The fight against the barbarians of, Isis, and work. Together to cut out the cancer. Of radical, Islamic terrorism. The threat and civilization, itself and, it's why earlier this month the United States and France together with the United Kingdom took. Decisive action, to cripple the chemical, weapons, program, of Syrian dictator Bashar. Al-assad. And president, McCrone on behalf of President, Trump and the, American, people let me say once again thank. You for your leadership, and, thank, you for the brave and capable men, and women, of the, French Navy. La, Royale, did, an extraordinary, job. Times, like this in the life, of. Both of our nation's it is heartening it, is heartening to. Stand. With a friend who shares our most cherished values and, who a friend. Also who has the strength and the will. To, stand with our strong president, to. Defend our, way, of life and our values and we know that friend. Is. France I couldn't. Help but think as you and president, Trump planted a tree on. The lawn of the White House yesterday of. Of. The metaphor, of long. And enduring relationship. Let. Me just say in the in. The words of the psalmist, may this relationship, grow like a tree firmly planted. By. Streams of water it. Produces its fruit in season whose. Leaf does, not wither. So. Today. On. Behalf of, our president on behalf of the American people I offer a toast a. Toast. To, President, McCrone. To. President Trump, to. The good people of both of our nation's may our friendship grow, even, stronger and may. We never grow, weary as we work together to forge. A future of freedom and peace. In. Our time, god. Bless you mr. president, god, bless France and God bless the United States, of America, ah. Vaughn. Trey Sante. Yeah. Thank. You very much. And. Percy ladies and gentlemen president. Makram. Miss. Universe president. Mr.. Vice president, madam Penn's, Secretary. Of State, madam Rodriguez, members, of the American Congress and of the French parliament ladies, and gentlemen, it. Is for British myself, and immense honor as well as for the, whole of all delegation. To. Be together with you today. In. This temple, of. American. Diplomacy, a. Diplomacy. Which, has. For, a long time being. Close. To them France. You. Both. Be, monitors mr., vice president. And Secretary. Of State reminded. Us of the, deepness of, all bonds. As. Illustrated, by. Our. Contact with President, Trump since we arrived yesterday we've always, been. There for one another when. It. Was about. Building. A new free country, some young French men, came. To support it because they'd. Found. About. The. Values of the United States when. On both sides of the oceans, it was, about. Defending. That freedom you, jaundice. On, the occasion of the first as, well as the Second World War where you suit stood with us to. Defend our values and this joint destiny. And, all. Along, these, centuries your, diplomacy. And. I.
Apologize To. The. Military. Presence. Here our defense, is. Great. Because our diplomacy, is great and they. Strengthen, each other your. Diplomacy, has constantly, been working. With ours in order to build. A coherent. Approach. Of, the world in. This, place. Some. Major. Events. For. Modern. Peace have been prepared. For or, agreed, upon. And. This. Is in particular based on the friendship between our two countries which, has. Contributed to forge to. Forging, this. Western, world based. On democracy the. Freedom, of individuals, and. Enable, is to build the international, order that we know. It. Is based upon a, balance. Always. Fragile. Because. It. Relies on the powers, and come to Paris and. What. Each. And. Every one does but. It is an indispensable. Balance, for, the world, an. Economic. Financial. Political. Order, has been put together after the Second World War is it perfect, probably, not. Can. It be improved, definitely. Have. We seen, anything better I do. Not think so this. Order, that. We build which. Your diplomacy, contributed. To is, the one which is in, the name of our values, from. The United, Nations to the IMF, and, the. World. Trade, Organization, and thanks. To all of the international. Organizations. We've put together this. Order. Enables. Us to enjoy. The framework, for. All cooperation. And for defending all values and this is what we're here to, defend today I, will. Talk. About it further tomorrow when, I take the floor. Before. The Congress it is an honor for France and I shall. Thank your country, and prison trim for that and I. Will say, it once again I believe in the. Modern, multilateralism. A strong, one, which. Knows. How to be respected. Hard. To build peace foster, peace. And foster, jobs as well. It's. Not about endless regulations. Neither. Is it about a. New. A. New. Framework. Within which we, would give, up on the values on everything we've taken, so much time to. Build so. In this place which. Is so important, for the history of your country as. Well as the, history of our, relationship, I'm. Well, aware that, I'm talking to leaders. In. A place where a lot of our future. Will. Be decided, I, also, would like to say a few words about our economic, relations. Today. All here with us many men and women who. Are very much. Are. In child, thanks, to their investments, of all. Economic. Bonds. And. The. United States of America, as matter of fact is, the first for. An investor, in, France. And. It, is also the first. Country. Where. French. Businesses, invest. In. Total, it is a hundred billion dollars in goods and services, that we exchange every year it, is therefore a relationship, based upon the strength of our economic relation. Because. There is always something more, than the economy between our two countries because, it is a vision, of the world our values. Our joint. Ambition, from distribution, to finance. The. Energy sector the defence sector. Research. Education. Scientific. Cooperation. We. Have this strong bond over. The past few months we, implemented. On both, sides, of the ocean, some, major reforms, which have brought about some new momentum to. These exchanges. Since. 2017. The United States is once again the first source of foreign investments, in France and. I'm. Very pleased about it and now would, like it to continue and, I'm very pleased that some. Of you however. Two weeks and even today have announced some huge. Investments, in France. In. The field of tourism. Or, the, media, intelligence, artificial.
Artificial. Intelligence. The. Financial, sector. From. A suitable sector as well and I, would, like us to continue, to work to that end. Investments. Investing. In a business. Investing. In human capital, through. Education, and training. This, is absolutely, indispensable for. Us to succeed. In. France well. Continuing to implement reforms and, to transform, the country in, order to make it even more competitive, so that within the European, Union, we, can shoulder all of our responsibilities. And support. The necessary, reforms in the coming month and continue, in medication. In culture, in research, and in. The business sector continue. To be the leader that we, are. In. Order to be. Continue. To be, this. Long-term this, can't be part that, we've been to, the United States for a long time of course it is about creating. New jobs for our peoples, in particular our middle classes, it is about also, facing. Up to the coming challenges, the, energy transformation. As well as the digital transformation. Everything. That will be required, in. Terms of intelligence. Artificial. Intelligence. The, changes. That it will bring about our, ability, to to. Attract talents, and, we will have to work. To, make sure that. It is, still. Possible because. We. Know how to defend, this piece that we shares together, and. Bit. But, the. International, order or the economy Accord we believe in we. Can only keep. Them if we constantly. Reinvent. Them, by. Managing. To convince, on a daily basis our fellow citizens that this is the right thing for them. They, can be no success. Detrimental. To our peoples. And. I. Know, that, we cannot succeed without. Protecting. And continuing. To. Share. Cherish, all values. This. Is against this background that we will face. Up to the challenges ahead, of us be, the political no economic. But. I'm aware that in this city and together, with you Secretary, of State, mr.. Vice president and, together with President Trump, we. Have. Reliable. Allies. We have one. Historical. Ally. Which. Means that, any. Disagreement. We may all have at some point in time will not overcome the strength of history. The. Weight of, our duty and the values that we've been. Sharing. So. Please allow me to raise my glass to these hounds to your diplomacy. To. All of our guests, who. Are keeping. Alive the, relationship, the economic relationship between our two countries. Raise. My glass to, your present, to, your people to the friendship between the United States of America and France, santé. Cheers.