French President Emmanuel Macron is addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday as his three-day tour of Washington comes to a close. Macron and his wife Brigitte were treated to an evening of dinner and music the White House Tuesday night as part of the Trump administration’s first state visit and state dinner.
During his remarks on Capitol Hill, Macron is once again expected to raise the issue of the United States threatening to leave the Iran nuclear deal — a pact he ardently supports. At Tuesday’s joint press conference, Macron suggested he would be willing to work on a new deal with Iran that addressed areas of concern like blocking Iran’s nuclear activity through 2025 and containing Iran’s activities in the region.
But Mr. Trump was quick to slam the deal again, deriding it as bad for the U.S. He issued a stern warning to Iran’s leadership: “We’re going to see what happens on the 12th, but if Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid.”
Follow along for live updates of the speech:
Macron on terrorism
Macron recalls terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe over the last five years, calling it a “horrific price to pay for freedom and democracy.”
“That is why we stand together in Syria today to fight together against these terrorist groups who seek to destroy everything for which we stand,” he added.
Macron says U.S, France “rooted in same soil”
“We are surrounded today with images, portraits & symbols which reminds us that France has participated with heart in hand in the story of this great nation from the very beginning,” said Macron of the U.S.-French relationship
He added, “We have worked together for the universal ideals of liberty, tolerance and equal rights.”
Macron says there is a “special bond deeply rooted not only in our history but also in our flesh.”
Macron enters the House chamber
Lawmakers applaud as Macron arrives for his speech.
Ryan gavels in the joint meeting
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Pence invite Macron to address the body and for him to be escorted into the House chamber.
Members of the Trump Cabinet were also in attendance, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Members of Congress, Senate arrive for speech
Lawmakers file into the House chamber ahead of Macron’s speech. Senators and Members of Congress shake hands as they file in. Vice President Mike Pence is also in attendence for the joint session.
Trump tweets on Macron’s address
Busy day planned. Looking forward to watching President Macron of France address a Joint Session of Congress today. This is a great honor and seldom allowed to be done…he will be GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
Mr. Trump tweeted ahead of Macron’s address to Congress, saying he was looking forward to watching the speech. “This is a great honor and seldom allowed to be done…he will be GREAT!” Mr. Trump added.
Macron’s whirlwind Washington visit
Macron’s speech to Congress will be one of the last appearances he makes as the state visit comes to a close. Later he will participate in a town hall with students at George Washington University and a visit to the French Embassy.
During last night’s state dinner, Macron and President Trump toasted their countries “unbreakable” friendship and referenced both his and Mr. Trump’s rapid political ascents, saying, “On both sides of the ocean some two years ago, very few would have bet on us being here together today.”