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Trump praises Macron for the ‘seldom allowed’ honor of addressing Congress. It isn’t so uncommon.

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In a news release last month advertising Marcon’s speech, the office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said that the address “continues a storied tradition that dates back to 1824, and Marquis de Lafayette, the French general whose service to our cause during the Revolutionary War made him a hero across our new nation.”

Ryan’s office noted that Macron will be the eighth president of France to address Congress and that “the practice of foreign leaders addressing formal joint meetings became standard practice after 1945.”

Trump, who has repeatedly touted his friendship with Macron over the first two days of the French leader’s visit to Washington, said in his tweet that he is looking forward to watching the address. “He will be GREAT!” Trump said of Macron.

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