WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump met on Tuesday at the White House with Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, praising the state of bilateral relations.
“It’s a great honor to have the King and Queen of Spain, a beautiful country. We were in Spain not so long ago, and we love it. Very special people and a beautiful place,” Trump said.
The president met with the Spanish monarchs in the Oval Office.
“I’d like to, first of all, thank you for your time. As you know, we had a visit around the country. We were visiting Texas and Louisiana. And this is a great end to a perfect visit,” King Felipe said.
“Our relationship has been outstanding over the years and, I think, especially right now. Excellent trade relationship, military relationship. Just about everything you can have. So we love Spain. And it’s really a tremendous honor to have you both at the Oval Office,” Trump said.
King Felipe also praised the current state of bilateral relations and noted that the two nations are linked by strong bonds and common interests.
“We appreciate very much our common history, our heritage. So many years that we’ve shared. And we like to use that as a good benchmark for our very excellent relationships that we enjoy today,” the Spanish monarch said. “As you said, that there’s so many issues of common interest, of sharing the efforts in many areas. But as well, I think there’s one basic common issue, which is our value for democracy.”
In response to a question about whether he would like to visit Spain, Trump said, “Yes. I will go to Spain. I will be going to Spain.”
The president and first lady Melania Trump welcomed King Felipe and Queen Letizia to the White House and then met privately with the Spanish royals in the Oval Office.
Trump and the Spanish king will join their delegations for a meeting.
Spain’s new foreign minister, Josep Borrell, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will participate in the meeting, the first between Trump administration officials and representatives of the government of new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office after former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lost a no-confidence vote on June 1.