WASHINGTON (KSLA) - The Pelican State was well represented at the White House Tuesday night when President Donald Trump hosted his first state dinner, hosting French President Emmanuel Macron.
Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy were all in attendance at the glitzy event at the invitation of the President.
"It was a lovely evening," Senator Kennedy told KSLA News 12. "The first lady Melania Trump was a tremendous host, she and her staff did a beautiful job."
Kennedy said Marcon's trip was a gesture to ensure France remains a trusted and valued ally, especially in foreign matters like the civil war in Syria.
"President Marcon deserves our thanks," Kennedy said. "It's clear how he has supported our country in Syria, projecting strength with troops and an unwavering commitment to defeating ISIS."
Close to 150 other guests took their seats along with the Louisiana dignitaries in the State Dining Room. It was a far more intimate affair than most state dinners hosted by former President Barack Obama, whose state dinner guests lists often numbered in the hundreds.
Unlike previous Obama state dinners, Trump did not invite any congressional Democrats or any members of the media. In fact, Gov. Edwards was the sole Democrat attending Trump's inaugural state dinner.
Wednesday, the French President addressed Congress, with some saying Macron struck a much different tone, sounding as if he aligned more with Democrats on issues like the Paris Accord on Climate and the Iran nuclear deal.
Senator Kennedy did not necessarily see his speech in that way.
"He's a smart guy, a good politician who is an unquestionable ally of the U.S.," said Kennedy. "He may be a little naïve. We can't reason with someone like the ayatollah in Iran like President Marcon may think."
"There are bad people in the world, it's not that they didn't get enough love from their momma or their daddy, they are just bad people, like the ayatollah," Kennedy said. "In the end, I have no doubt President Macron and the people of France will be with us on Iran just like they were in Syria."