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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

 MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Welcome back from your Thanksgiving holiday.  Hope everyone had a restful and wonderful holiday.  Okay, I’m going to be really quick at the top.  As you see, we have a guest — as you know, we have a guest from National Security Council, John Kirby, with us today who’s going to take your questions ahead of the state visit.  As you know, that will be happening on Thursday — our first state visit with France.  And — first state visit, clearly, with — in this administration.  So, with that, I’m going to just start right away and turn it over to Kirby.  All right, John.  MR. KIRBY:  Thank you so much, Karine. Well, as Karine said, I’ve just got a couple of comments here at the top about the state visit.  As the first state visit of the Biden-Harris administration, this is an opportunity to highlight a foundational component of this administration’s approach to foreign policy, and that’s through alliances.  France is a vital global partner a

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, November 30, 2022

  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  All right.    Bonjour . Q     Bonjour ! MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Oh, nice!  Okay.  Get into the spirit, folks. Okay.  So, we are pleased to welcome President and Mrs.  Macron and the delegation from France to the United States.  Above all, this visit is a celebration of the strong French-U.S. relationship and the personal relationship between President Biden and President Macron.  Just a few hours ago, President Macron joined Vice President Harris for a briefing at NASA headquarters.  The visit underscores our deepening collaboration on space and — on space, and came on the heels of the very first U.S.-France Comprehensive Space Dialogue, which was held in Paris last month.  And it delivers on a commitment made by Vice President Harris and President Macron during her visit to Paris last year. Looking towards tomorrow, I know everyone is eager to hear more details about the state dinner itself.  Today, the First Lady is — actually, happening right now — is hosting a medi