Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Remarks at Photo Opportunity with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

June 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a photo opportunity with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at the top of their meeting in the Capitol.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone.

It is really a high honor for me and a personal privilege to welcome the Prime Minister of Canada once again to the Capitol of the United States.  We were recently together in Normandy.  We had a delegation of nearly 60 House Members – half Democrats, half Republicans, like Noah’s Ark – going to Normandy to pay tribute to our veterans, and we were proud to join the Prime Minister there at Juno Beach to pay tribute to the contribution that Canada made to that historic Normandy invasion.

I wish you could have been there to hear the Prime Minister speak so beautifully in English and in French about our veterans, all of our veterans.  In that instance, we were paying tribute to Canada, as well as other nations.  I look forward to a lively discussion with the Prime Minister today on issues that relate to global security, to economics relationship in terms of trade.  He may want to talk sports.  I think that is off limits.

[Laughter]

But in any event, Canada is our trusted neighbor.  Our relationship is a warm one.  It is an honor again to have the Prime Minister visit and Mr. Prime Minister, bienvenue.

Prime Minister Trudeau.  Merci.  Merci, Nancy.

It is such a pleasure to be back here on Capitol Hill, to be so warmly welcomed by you Speaker Pelosi.  An opportunity to continue this extraordinary friendship between Canada and the United States.

Indeed, the opportunity to have been with you in Normandy as we celebrated and commemorated 75 years since Canadians, Americans and many other allies took the beaches of Normandy and pushed in World War II side-by-side as Canadians and Americans have been in so many situations throughout the world.

We have much to discuss.  Obviously, trade and good jobs for Canadians and Americans, how we are going to continue to grow the economy in ways that work for the middle class and people working hard to join it.  But also, issues of global import that we know Canada and the United States will continue to stand steadfast as strong allies.  So, I am very much looking forward to this.

On basketball, I really do have to recognize the Warriors’ graciousness and their extraordinary sportsmanship that they showed.  It was a tremendous battle between the Raptors and the Warriors, and I think that we can all agree that basketball fans got an extraordinary series and an extraordinary season out of their amazing players.  So, it is a pleasure to be here now and I am very much looking forward to our meeting.

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Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you.  Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister to the Raptors.  They were a great team, so great that they were able to win over a great championship team, the Golden State Warriors.  At Normandy, we did not engage in any wagers – would not have been the time or the place.  But shortly thereafter –

Prime Minister Trudeau.  Shortly thereafter –

Speaker Pelosi.  After we were safely at home we did engage, and now I am here to settle the wager.  As I promised, products of the great state of California, starting with chocolate almonds, walnuts, pistachios and wine.  And congratulations.

Prime Minister Trudeau.  And actually, since we are at it, Canadians are gracious in defeat and even more gracious in victory.  I put together a little bit of Raptors swag.  I do not expect you to wear it, the ‘We the North’ and Toronto and stuff.  And I also wanted to include: Peace by Chocolate is a company in Antigonish, Nova Scotia that was started by a family of Syrian refugees who were chocolatiers back home and they are now employing lots of Canadians as they continue to accept.  I look forward to you discovering, even though you have some of the best chocolate in the world in Ghirardelli, Peace by Chocolate is something that Canada is very proud of.

Speaker Pelosi.  Peace by Chocolate. Sounds like an international agreement.

[Laughter]

Speaker Pelosi.  Mr. Prime Minister, when we have visiting dignitaries and there has not been a sporting event involved, we do not have that many press.

[Laughter]

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you.  Welcome.