Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joins Andrea Mitchell in Colleville-sur-Mer, France to discuss President Trump's D-Day speech on Thursday.
ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: What do you hope the president's message will be here today? What do you want to hear from him?
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Well, I hope that it would be a message of unity, a message about how we -- the unity that we had at that time to defeat -- actually to defend civilization. There was a lot at stake in that war and people came together, all different kinds of -- from different countries in Europe and they were very different from each other at the time, there was no European Union. So, hopefully a renewed spirit of collaboration and recognition of our dependence on each other.
My favorite quote, we always talk about John F. Kennedy and his speech to the citizens of America, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
The very next line in that speech, which I saw in person as a student, the very next line says, to the citizens of the world, ask not what American can do for you, but what we can do working together for the freedom of mankind. And so, that was a -- the attitude that we all had.
And remember, when we -- when -- at the end of World War II, there wasn't -- the country wasn't monogamist and the Marshall Plan was the Marshall Plan, so it would be named for a general and not be deemed political because it would be a hard sell. Lend-Lease was called lend-lease because it would be hard to ask for funding for the war. President Roosevelt, of course, was the genius at all of that, and then the Marshall Plan, of course, followed him -- his passing.
But there were divisions then and we just had to deal with them. Our founders gave us many guidance's, but one of them that I always remind my colleagues is from plaire (ph) synonym from many one, they couldn't image how many we would be or how different we'd be from each other.
But, they knew we always had to be -- strive for oneness, that we are one country, that we are one country. And I would hope that a spirit of oneness would be part of what the president has to say, but I'll be eager to hear and I hope that he makes us proud.