Ahead of a Bastille Day celebration in France, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference.
At the event, Trump took the time to commemorate the day that celebrates France's independence, saying, “When the French people rose up and stormed the Bastille, it changed the course of human history. Our two nations are forever joined together by the spirit of revolution and the fight for freedom. France is America's first and oldest ally. A lot of people don't know that.”
The president used the theme of rebellion and uprising to segue into current political matters.
“Today, we face new threats from [...] regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Syria and governments that finance and support them,” Trump said.
He then mentioned the attack that took place last year in Nice, doubling down on the resolve to fight terrorism: "We also renew our resolve to stand united against these enemies of humanity and to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks and ideological support.
“The United States and our allies strengthen our commitment to defeat terrorism. We are also making tremendous progress,” Trump continued.
Underlining this point, Trump then made reference to the recent liberation of Mosul from the control of ISIS.
Trump then paid his French counterpart a compliment, “For this reason, I applaud President Macron on his courageous call for that less bureaucracy.”
“It's a good chant: less bureaucracy. And we can us it, too,” Trump joked with the French president.
The speech concluded with Trump reaffirming the strength of the bond between the two countries.
“The friendship between our two nations — and ourselves, I might add — is unbreakable,” Trump said.
“Our occasional disagreements are nothing compared to the immortal bonds of culture, destiny, and liberty that unite us — so strongly unite us also,” the president added.
Rounding out the speech, Trump concluded that “as long as we have pride in who we are, where we've come from, how we got here, and what we've achieved, as free and democratic nations, then there is nothing we cannot accomplish together.”