Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a photo opportunity today with The Right Honorable Boris Johnson, M.P., Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ahead of a bipartisan leadership meeting. Below are the Speaker’s remarks:
Speaker Pelosi. Good morning, everyone.
It is really a true honor to welcome the Prime Minister of the U.K. to the Capitol of the United States. He has been welcomed earlier, on the other side of the Capitol. And now, it’s my privilege to welcome to the House.
I had the privilege earlier, a few days ago, in the U.K. – as I was participating in the G7 Heads of Parliament Meeting – to visit with the Prime Minister to, in every chance we get, to celebrate our special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, to thank him for his leadership in hosting the COP26 in Glasgow a few weeks from now, and also to talk about how we can work together not only on climate and on COVID, but on counterterrorism – so many issues that relate to the security and well-being of our two countries.
I was just showing the Prime Minister a picture of when Winston Churchill came to speak to the Congress, 1941, the day after Christmas, a few weeks after Pearl Harbor. And, it was an historic – he said at the time, his mother was born in America, and maybe under different circumstances he might be in that audience. But happily for the world, he became the Prime Minister at that important time.
Why it was special to me is my father is in that picture: Thomas D’Alessandro from Baltimore, Maryland, listening to the Prime Minister of the U.K. – of Great Britain at that time, Winston Churchill.
And, now, today, we welcome another Prime Minister. And it is with great pleasure that I present the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. Mr. Prime Minister.
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