French President Emmanuel Macron honored American World War II veterans during an emotional speech before both Houses of Congress Wednesday, saying “On behalf of France, thank you.”
Macron addressed the US lawmakers during his official state visit to Washington this week, noting the attendance of Robert Jackson, a veteran of the Second World War.
Macron: "We are very honored by the presence today of Robert Jackson a World War II veteran… Sir, on behalf of France, thank you" pic.twitter.com/H9IMwigTqf
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“Since 1776, we, the American and French people, have had a rendezvous with freedom. And with it comes sacrifices. That is why we are very honored by the presence today of Robert Jackson a World War II veteran. Robert took part in the D-Dday landing. He fought for our freedom 74 years ago. Sir, on behalf of France, thank you. I bow to your courage and your devotion,” Macron said.
The European leader also thanked American poet Alan Seeger who enlisted in the French army to help the ally nation during the first World War.
“This young American would fight and die on Independence Day … not far from my home town after having written these words, ‘I had a rendezvous with death,” said Macron.
MACRON IN DC: Trump Hosts the French President During First State Visit
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to arrive in Washington, DC Monday; meeting with President Trump just days after the armed forces of the US, UK, and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The 40-year-old European leader’s trip will be the first official state visit of President Trump’s presidency; with the two heads-of-state prepared to hold high-level meetings regarding trade, the Iranian nuclear agreement, the Middle East, and more.
“Both of us are probably mavericks,” Macron told Fox News. “We have a very special relationship… I think the U.S. today has a very strong role to play for peace in different regions of the world, and especially the Mideast.
“He has been one of the few Europeans who has pulled off the trick of building a close and strong working relationship with President Trump,” added one global security analyst.
One key area of discussion will likely center on the President’s recently announced trade tariffs on steel and aluminum; offering exemptions for only Mexico and Canada.
“I hope he will not implement these new tariffs and he will decide for an exemption for the European Union,” Macron said. “You cannot make a trade war with your ally.”
IRAN ON EDGE: Macron, Trump Demand NEW DEAL on Iran’s Nukes
French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump called for a “new deal” on Iran’s nuclear weapons program Tuesday; sending a clear message to Tehran that France and the United States are serious in forging a new agreement with the Islamic Republic.
The two leaders spoke with reporters following a joint press conference at the White House, with Macron confirming that his government is willing to renegotiate the nuclear agreement alongside the Trump administration.
“I can say that we have had very frank discussions on that, just the two of us,” said Macron. “We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran.”
“I think we will have a great shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, deal,” said Trump.
The remarks come just one day after Iran’s foreign minister claimed there was no “Plan B” should the United States decide to withdraw from the agreement.
Watch the French President’s comments above.