The Arrival Ceremony of the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Morrison

♪(Band plays)♪ Male Speaker: Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of Australia, followed by the national anthem of the United States. ♪(The National Anthem of Australia plays)♪ ♪(The National Anthem of America plays)♪ ♪(Band plays)♪ ♪(Band plays)♪ Male Speaker: Mr. President, this concludes the honors The President: Thank you. Prime Minister Morrison,
Mrs. Morrison, members of the Australian delegation,
and distinguished guests: Today we celebrate the
long, cherished, and unwavering friendship
between the United States and Australia. The First Lady and I are
honored to welcome you and Jennifer to the White
House, and we look forward to hosting you for a State
Dinner tonight in the Rose Garden. It will be quite
something. The unbreakable bond
between America and Australia is rooted in
eternal ties of history, culture, and tradition. Last year, our nations
commemorated “100 Years of Mateship” since our
gallant service members fought together
in World War One. Today, we vow to carry on
the righteous legacy of our exceptional alliance. The close relationship
between our two countries dates back to the earliest
days of the American Republic. In 1792, during George
Washington’s first term, the American ship
“Philadelphia” became the first foreign trading
vessel to enter an Australian port. In the coming decades,
American prospectors, whalers, and merchants
traveled to Australia for opportunity and adventure. They found in your
people a kindred spirit. Americans and Aussies are
loyal, bold, independent, and very, very resilient. With incredible optimism
and grit, our forefathers built homes and nations in
lands of endless beauty and possibility. Together, we share common
customs, common values, common dreams,
and common heroes. In the First World War,
our bond was sealed in blood at the Battle
of Hamel in France. In the words of Australian
General John Monash, the events that took place
there “live forever in the annals of our respective
nations.” General Monash led the operation, and
began the offensive on the 4th of July, 1918, to
honor the Americans under his command. On that Independence Day,
the mighty Aussie and American forces charged
uphill to push the enemy from the high ground and
retake the strategically vital towns. In just 93 minutes, they
liberated the village and helped turn the tide
on the Western Front. It went very,
very quickly. As General Monash later
wrote, the Americans “were ever after received by
the Australians as blood brothers.” Since that day,
Australians and Americans have fought together,
side-by-side, in every major conflict. In World War Two, the
Aussies held the line against Rommel for eight
harrowing months — Tobruk. They sacrificed [with]*
our sailors during the Battle of Coral Sea. And 75 years ago, Aussie
pilots patrolled the skies above Normandy on D-Day
as we battled together to defeat the Nazis and
rescue civilization. The United States and
Australia formalized our security alliance in 1951. Decades later, on
September 10th, 2001, right here at the White
House, our nations celebrated the 50th
anniversary of that treaty. The next morning,
September 11th, America was attacked and Australia
invoked the treaty’s mutual defense commitment
for the first time ever. In the weeks that
followed, as our beloved sons and daughters
deployed to defend our freedom, we took comfort
in knowing that they would have Australian warriors
right by their side. Today, on National
Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day, we
pledge to forever honor our service members
captured or still missing from battle throughout
our history. We work and pray for the
day when all of our heroes return home. On behalf of every
American, I extend my profound thanks to the
people of Australia for sacrificing with us in our
shared fights against the menace of fascism,
communism, and radical Islamic terrorism. In the past century, the
friendship between our nations has not only
withstood the tests of time and war here on
Earth, but also led our nations into the stars. This year, the United
States commemorated the 50th anniversary of the
Apollo 11 moon landing. Today, we give thanks to
the nation of Australia for its vital
contributions to the extraordinary achievement. On July 20, 1969, when
Neil Armstrong planted our great American flag on
the face of the moon, the ground station
broadcasting this iconic image to the world
was Australian. Together, our people have
laid down their lives to protect our civilization
from tyranny. We have pioneered some
of the most remarkable advances in human history. And every shared endeavor,
we have shown the world what it truly means to
be friends, mates, and allies. As we begin the next
century of our truly extraordinary partnership,
I know that America and Australia will remain
forever united in defense of our liberty, our
sovereignty, and our most treasured values. Thank you. God bless you. God bless Australia. And God bless the United
States of America. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Prime Minister
Morrison: Well, as I just said to the President,
“Thanks, mate.” (Laughter.) Mr. President,
Mrs. Trump, honored guests, distinguished
guests, friends one and all, here in this land
of liberty: Thank you, Mr. President and Mrs.
Trump, for the honor you have bestowed on my
country here today with this extraordinary
welcome. Jenny and I bring with us
and our delegation the amity, the thanks, and
respect of 25 million Australians for this great
country of these United States of America. Fifty years ago, another
Australian Prime Minister visited the White House. And he said, “There are
too many bonds between our two countries for any
Australian Prime Minister to feel that he is
stranger.” So once again, as another Prime Minister
returns as a friend to celebrate with you, Mr.
President, one of our oldest and dearest
friendships, it is wonderful to be here. Australians and Americans
understand each other like few other peoples. And it is true that you
and I have established a very early understanding,
for which I am grateful. No two peoples in the
world make better friends easier than ours. Your respect for
Australia, Mr. President, your personal
encouragement, and the example afforded by your
passion for what makes America great makes ours
a very easy connection. For a century, as you have
recounted, we have done what true friends do:
stick by each other. Ronald Reagan spoke of the
“truths and traditions” that define the
United States. Australians share these
truths and traditions. We see the world
through the same lens. From the cornfields of
Hamel, to the jungles of Southeast Asia and the
Pacific, to the dust of Tarin Kowt, and now, even
the waters of the Straits of Hormuz, Australians
and Americans continue to stand together. I’m reminded of a story of
a young American soldier in the First World War
calling out to Australian soldiers for help to
attend to the wounded. And an Australian soldiers
replied in the notorious, blunt language of
soldiers, which I will censor here. (Laughter.) But he said,
“Sure, Yank, I’ll go. We’re in this thing
together.” (Laughter.) Mr. President —
(laughter) — Australia may often — look,
he’s a New Yorker. (Laughter.) Mr. President,
Australia may often look to the United States,
but we have never been a country that been prepared
to leave it to the United States. We don’t. That’s not our way. We pull our weight. Like you, our lives, our
fortunes, and our sacred honor are found in our
willingness to stand for what we believe. We believe, as Teddy
Roosevelt declared, that national strength is found
in the ability of citizens to live out their lives
with “self-restraint, self-mastery, common
sense, the power of accepting individual
responsibility,” and the ability to act “in
conjunction with others” and with “courage and
resolution.” We believe in the capacity of enterprise
and free markets to create wealth and to lift all,
and for free and fair trade to bring nations
closer together. We believe that
governments derive their power from the consent of
the governed and that the ballot box and democracy
is the surest foundation for peace and security. And we believe in the rule
of law and freedom of association. These beliefs spurred this
country to build a mighty canal; to stand up to
fascism and militarism; to rebuild the modern world
after winning a great peace; inspired the
fascination, wonder, and joy of the world’s
children through a little mouse who could whistle a
tune; who took humanity to the moon — and, indeed,
we’re going back again; tore down a wall that
separated liberty from oppression; and imagined,
engineered, and built a digital world that has
connected humanity in a way that we now can’t
imagine living without. America reminds the world
that it can be done. How great is America? The world is a better
place because of this country living out its
moral purpose — a world not just more secure, but
more prosperous as well. The new economies of the
world lifting hundreds of millions from poverty do
so because they first saw the United States define a
century and do that first, and then invited and
supported them to follow. Mr. President, I know
that the leaders of more powerful nations will
indeed visit this home known throughout the world
and will be welcomed as friends. But you won’t find a more
sure and steadfast friend — a better mate
— than Australia. It is a coincidence of
history that on the very day Pearl Harbor was
attacked, Australia gifted a 99-year lease to the
United States to build its embassy on our capital. And 60 years later, as the
President has remarked, on September 11, another
Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, was here in
Washington at our embassy and he invoked our treaty
with you and pledged our country to stand with you
against the architects of terror as we
do to this day. When President Reagan
welcomed another Australian Prime Minister
on this lawn, he reminded us, “Liberty is not an
inevitable state, and there is no law which
guarantees that once achieved it will survive.”
So we pledge ourselves here at this dawn of a
second century of mateship between our nations to
renew and modernize our alliance for a new
century, to continue to be vigilant and strong, and
to build the economic strength that our world
needs that contributes to the peace and
prosperity of all. Whatever lies ahead in
this century, I know that Australian and the United
States will go on to meet it with the same courage,
the same daring, the same unbreakable bond that has
defined the first century of mateship. Mr. President and
Mrs. Trump, thank you again for welcoming Jane
and me here — and here as true friends. May God bless you. May God bless the
good peoples of the Commonwealth of Australia and these United States of America. (applause) Male Speaker: Mr. President, this concludes today’s ceremony ♪(Band plays)♪

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