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President Trump and The First Lady Host a State Dinner with the Prime Minister of Australia

President Trump and The First Lady Host a State Dinner with the Prime Minister of Australia


President Trump: Prime
Minister Morrison, Mrs. Morrison: Melania and
I are immensely honored to host you and the entire
Australian delegation for a State Dinner in the
historic Rose Garden. I want to thank America’s
magnificent First Lady for this truly
exquisite evening. Thank you very
much to Melania. She worked hard. Thank you. (Applause.) Great job. Tonight, we celebrate more
than a century of loyal and devoted friendship
between the United States and Australia. Both of our nations are
blessed by the uncommon courage, unfailing
commitment, and unyielding character. Our two countries were
born out of a vast wilderness, settled by the
adventurers and pioneers whose fierce self-reliance
shaped our destiny. The first settlers carved
out a home on the frontier and forged our defining
national traits. Americans and Australians
hold within our hearts a great love of family, a
profound allegiance to our fellow citizens, a deep
respect of law and liberty, and a
determination to protect our independence
at any cost. It is this free and proud
spirit that has always driven our people to
imagine, to build, to achieve what others never
even dreamed possible. From the wide-open
landscapes of the West and the Outback rose up
cowboys and sheriffs, rebels and renegades,
miners and mountaineers. Against incredible
hardships, our people have produced abundant
harvests, pushed the bounds of science and
exploration, and created timeless masterpieces of
art, music, and culture. The defiant spirit of our
people has also armed our nations with the strength
to overcome any foe that dares to trample on our
sovereignty, threaten our citizens, or
challenge our freedom. This evening, we honor
every Aussie and American hero who has paid the
supreme sacrifice so that we might live in
safety and in peace. In June of 1940, during
the Second World War, a renowned Australian writer
published a song in the Australian Women’s Weekly. The song rallied the
entire nation and it remains an inspiration
to patriots everywhere. Its lyrics are now printed
on Australia’s 10-dollar banknote. The poem concludes by
reminding the world that Aussies will always defend
their cherished homeland. And it says: “We are the
sons of Australia, of the men who fashioned the
land; We are the sons of the women Who walked with
them hand in hand; And we swear by the dead who bore
us, By the heroes who blazed the trail, No foe
shall gather our harvest, Or sit on our stockyard
rail.” As many of our friends with us here
tonight know well, the acclaimed Australian
author who penned these beautiful lines was Dame
Mary Gilmore, and her great-great-nephew is
Prime Minister Morrison. (Applause.) Prime Minister
Morrison: Thank you. That was beautiful. President Trump: Prime
Minister, on behalf of all Americans, our entire
country: We are grateful that you carry on
this noble legacy. We give thanks to all the
sons and daughters of Australia who have toiled
and sacrificed for a strong, vibrant, and
sovereign nation. So, this evening, I offer
a toast to the Prime Minister and Jennifer —
thank you Jennifer — and to every citizen of
Australia: May our heroes forever inspire us. May our heritage
always guide us. May our values
always unite us. And may our nations always
remain the home of the proud and the
brave and the free. I’d like to raise a glass
to very special people and a very, very
special country. Thank you, Mr.
Prime Minister. Thank you very much. (A toast is offered.) I
now invite Prime Minister Morrison to the podium. Mr. Prime Minister. (Applause.) Prime Minister
Morrison: Well, he got me. Dame Mary, my
great-great-aunt, would be very, very proud. Mr. President, First Lady,
Mrs. Trump: Thank you so much, Mrs. Trump, for
the amazing night you’ve created for us here. Ladies and gentlemen,
friends: Jenny and I are truly grateful for this
wonderful honor and the hospitality that you,
Mr. President and the First Lady, have extended
to us and to our country as we join you here
tonight in the home — your home — and that of
the American presidency. This of course was once
the house of President Teddy Roosevelt, who I’ve
always greatly admired. He was also a New Yorker. President Trump:
That’s true. Prime Minister
Morrison: He was also unconventional. (Laughter.) He was
no captive of the establishment. He was also accomplished;
indeed, some might say, a maverick. But he was his own man. He was a doer. And above all, he was
inspired by the great character of the
American people. There is nothing he believed his nation could not do. And this is the heart
of American greatness. Mr. President, your belief
in America and its people echoes this great spirit
of that great President, and it’s backed up by you
life’s experience and the passion and work
of your presidency. And, Mrs. Trump, your
kindness, warmth, and quiet grace in the welcome
to Jenny and I, and especially here tonight
has been very special and, as Jen has said,
very sweet. General Washington once
said, “It is infinitely better to have a few good
many than many indifferent ones.” The same is true in
the friendship of nations. Australia will never be
accused of indifference in our friendship to
the United States. And tonight, Mr.
President, we are reminded that the United
States feels the same way, especially under
your leadership. I’ve noticed tonight the
Marines who are on duty tonight, and I thank you
for your service, but not just to the United States,
but to our alliance as well. In 1943, the U.S. Marine 1st Division was
engaged in the first-ever, large-scale U.S. offensive against the
Japanese at Guadalcanal. At the same time,
Australian forces were in New Guinea, also locked in
the fiercest of battles against the Japanese. We both prevailed —
each doing our bit, each carrying our own weight. When the U.S. Marine 1st Division
arrived in Melbourne after six months of heavy
fighting, they were welcomed with a rendition
of the Australian fake anthem, “Waltzing
Matilda.” More than 75 years, later, the 1st
Division still plays “Waltzing Matilda”
whenever they ship out. It’s true, Mr. President:
We have been in a lot of
battles. But we have also stood
together to realize the dividend of peace — of
peace: prosperity that comes from our embrace
of enterprise and free markets and the rule of
law, our great immigration societies, education,
liberal democracy, and a commitment to the
fulfillment of human potential. This has been importantly
included in our work together to expand the
frontiers of science, technologies, and
exploration to reach into space as we first did
together 50 years ago, when you launched and we
kept Apollo 11 in contact, through the Honeysuckle
Project, with Earth. And we beamed those most
famous of images of all time to an enthralled
and inspired humanity. Events that no doubt
inspired a young Andy Thomas, from Adelaide, who
is with us here tonight, to launch into space on
the Endeavor almost 30 years later. And now we have to do this
again, under the vision of your presidency,
Mr. President. Our generation and our
times call this great republic and our great
commonwealth to live up to the calling of young, free
nations to continually point the way to freedom. In Australia, we’re
reminded of this friendship by the great
spire with the eagle atop that looks out across
our nation’s capital in Canberra. And earlier today, we
gifted a bronze statue of Les “Bull” Allen, an
Australian soldier, carrying a wounded Marine
off the battlefield on steep slopes in
New Guinea in 1943. For his gallantry, he
was awarded the U.S. Silver Star and the
Military Medal whilst fighting alongside U.S. troops. Mr. President, we would
be honored if you would permit Australia, as our
gift, to erect a life-size memorial of this image
here in Washington at a place of your choosing as
a constant reminder of our dedication to our
American friends and the (inaudible) — and the
bonds we have formed. But for now, ladies and
gentlemen, please join me in a toast. To 100 years of mateship,
and to 100 more, to the people of these United
States, to the President and his magnificent First
Lady, and may God bless America. (A toast is offered.)
(Applause.) President Trump: Thank
you very much. That’s so beautiful. Thank you. Thank you, Scott. I would now like to invite
a very special person up to the podium to say
a blessing, Reverend Franklin Graham. Thank you, Franklin. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

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