The White House • April 25, 2018
Driving the Day
• This morning, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Capitol Hill with Vice President Mike Pence to address a joint meeting of Congress.
• The Supreme Court will hear arguments today about President Donald J. Trump’s proclamation to limit travel from countries that pose a heightened risk from terrorism. Learn more.
President Macron comes to Washington
It was a ceremony befitting America’s oldest ally. President Trump and the First Lady welcomed the French delegation yesterday with all the decorum of an official state visit, including a 21-gun salute, military inspection, and hundreds of guests waving French and American flags across the White House South Lawn.
“In America, I saw more than America,” French President Macron quoted from Alexis de Tocqueville, adding that the two countries share ideals of freedom and peace. “It is together that the United States and France will defeat terrorism. . . . It is together that we will counter the proliferation of arms of mass destruction, be it in North Korea or in Iran.”
In many ways, the alliance is stronger than ever. France is America’s third-largest European trading partner, to the tune of $1 billion in business transactions each day. President Trump has worked closely with France to combat terror around the world and, most recently, confront Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s heinous chemical weapons attack against his people.
President Trump called it a friendship “forged in revolution”—and one that changed the course of history. “Our two great republics are linked together by the timeless bonds of history, culture, and destiny.”
• See highlights from yesterday’s Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn.
• Learn more about how Presidents Trump and Macron are working together.
• Watch President Trump’s full speech welcoming the French delegation.
A call 220 million miles away
“ISS, this is headquarters. How do you hear us?” The video call to the International Space Station came moments after Vice President Pence swore in Jim Bridenstine to be the next Administrator of NASA. “Mr. Vice President, Mr. Bridenstine, welcome onboard the International Space Station,” the crew replied.
“A year ago, President Trump relaunched the National Space Council,” the Vice President said. “The President has signed his first space policy directive that we’re going to renew America’s commitment to human space exploration, starting with the moon on to Mars.” He added that President Trump wants to make NASA’s extraordinary work for the past six decades “just a preamble” to renewed American leadership in space.
Watch Vice President Pence talk to U.S. astronauts in space. (Clip begins at the 18:35 mark).
More: President Trump’s America First National Space Strategy
Photo of the Day
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first official state visit of the Trump Administration | April 24, 2018