tv State Dinner for French President CSPAN April 24, 2018 6:29pm-7:22pm EDT
>> the first few episodes are all in my head they all kind of hang around the concept of we the people so it was an exploration of gender, race, nationality ancestry and then we sort of move into the idea of a more perfect union and there are couple of episodes about justice and defense and it and with a culmination with the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our popularity and what does that mean? >> good evening from washington. tonight the white house president trump in first lady
melania trump are holding their first state dinner to the guest of honor french president emanuel macron and his wife bridget macron. 120 people received an invitation for the festivities in years hears of evening level. guests are beginning to arrive as you can see on the screen. they will eventually make their way into the state dining room. the top of the hour the president, the president first lady will welcome the french president and his wife in the north portico. after that they will return to the white house for a brief visit for defending the grand staircase to greet their guests. we'll bring you coverage of all of these traditional festivities this evening. as we they let's continue to watch the guests arrive. [inaudible conversations]
[inaudible conversations] >> good evening from washington. you are looking at a live texture of the east room known as the bestsellers. they actually sell books in that ring ring. the guest for president trump in first lady melania trump first state dinner have already arrived. there are 120 invited tonight. that's a smaller number than the previous administration. the obama administration had as many as 350 but tonight's
festivities are more intimate. they will be in the dining room which can only fit about 160 guests so there will be, the guests will be treated to french american cuisine. they will be visually seen and as they make their way to the white house they will be seeing an enormous amount of floral arrangements, 2500 stems of white roses in the state dining room, 1000 white lilies and as they make their way across the white house lanier they will see thousands of chariot lost some stems as well but we are waiting for the top of the hour where we expect the president to greet the french president and his wife at the front of the white house, the north portico. while we wait for that we will continue to watch the guests
[inaudible conversations] >> we are watching the guests who have a right for tonight's state and are for president trump in first lady melania trump. by the way this is the first president since president hoover to not have a state dinner since his -- in his first to the presidency. this is a traditional dinner where the responsibility lies many times with the first lady and this is no different. first lady melania trump has
>> a video there from the white house and it was tweeted out by the first lady's office in as you saw showing the first lady overseeing the different logistics that go into a state dinner. there are many and we will be talking about them this evening. the first lady intimately involved with this. you saw her social secretary there in the video as well as the white house chef. there's a lot of staff as well on hand for tonight's dinner and we will talk about all of that this evening. while we wait for the president to greet the french president and his wife both the president and the first lady will be going to the north portico for that. we will bring you that when it happens. in the meantime let's continue to watch the last few guests here to go to the white house.
>> some of the 120 guests have arrived for the first state dinner the trump administration including members of the cabinet like wilbur ross, d.a. secretary kristin nelson and we saw henry kissinger, david rubenstein and the ambassador to france and one of the only doma credit politicians invited to tonight state dinner. no other democratic house or senate lawmaker was invited. we saw some republican lawmakers speaker of the house paul ryan, the majority leader kevin mccarthy also attending. we are waiting for the president and the first lady to come out of the white house from the front steps of the white house which is known as the north portico. they will coming out of those doors. there will be the color guard and others in attendance there. as they wait for the french
president and his wife brigitte macron to come up in their car. they will get out and meet the president and first lady for the traditional picture and then they will make their way back into the white house for a brief visit before they descend the grand staircase and mingle with their guests to kick off tonight's festivities. a few more guests are trickling in. let's watch. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
[inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] >> is surely after 7:00 p.m. on the east coast. in looking at my pictures of the white house. -- we expect the president of the united states and the first lady will be walking through those doors to greet the french president and his spouse for the first state dinner of this administration. president calling the french president his friend and an honor to host him for an official state visit at the white house when that happens we will show you his arrival.
>> we're live in washington the right waving through arrival. were expecting any minute the president trump and first lady will be coming out of those stores on your screen. the motorcade for the french president and his wife will arrive. those in the traditional greeting and they will turn to photographers in the cameras and pose for the traditional photo. the for of them will turn and make their way into the white house. the french president seems to be running behind the cording to the official schedule. these things have a way of changing. so we will lodging go now and wait for the arrival of the french president to kick off tonight state dinner.