House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) invited French President Emmanuel Macron to address a joint session of Congress during his April 25 visit to Washington.
In a statement, Ryan called France one of the United States’ oldest and strongest allies:
“France is not only our oldest ally but one of our strongest. This is a special opportunity to build on the historic relationship between our countries and to reaffirm our commitment to defeating terror both domestically and around the world.”
The address will be the second joint meeting during Ryan’s tenure as speaker. Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi addressed Congress in 2016.
Last month, the White House announced that Macron had been invited for the first state visit of President Trump’s administration. In a statement the White House said the visit would help further the friendship between France and the United States:
“This visit will advance American and French cooperation on economic and global issues and deepen the friendship between the two countries.”
Despite their clash on various issues such as climate change, Macron and Trump have had a friendly relationship.
While leaders from other European countries such as British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have visited the White House, next month’s visit will be the first ceremonial visit of the Trump administration.