Trumps host Australian prime minister, wife at White House state dinner


U.S. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Friday, September 20, welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jennifer to the White House.

Morrison is just the second world leader to be granted a state visit during the Trump administration after French President Emmanuel Macron, who was feted previous year.

Among the guests were prominent Australians and top US officials, including golf great Greg Norman, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, billionaire businessman Kerry Stokes, News Lachlan Murdoch, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Morrison is the second world leader to be hosted for a state dinner during the almost three years of Trump administration.

President Trump commends the close friendship between the United States and Australia in his welcome speech.

They are also silent on the scandalous storm clouds hovering over Trump, who urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a person familiar with the matter. The welcome featured Marine band performances of the two nations' anthems, a 19-gun salute and inspection of US troops.

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As he arrived in Washington on Thursday night, Morrison said he looked forward to celebrating 100 years of "mateship" between the US and Australia.

"It's so lovely and it will be so different", Trump said earlier Friday about his first state dinner in more than a year, noting that he had watched a rehearsal the night before.

Dinner centerpieces were made using more than 2,500 yellow California roses and Australia's national flower, the golden wattle, while the garden itself was decorated with white and yellow roses.

Trump mentioned the talks included navy points and commerce whereas his Australian counterpart mentioned he and Trump shared a "passion for jobs" and recommended Trump for his file on job creation.

Trump and Morrison later held a meeting and a joint press conference. Morrison will also be treated to lunch at the State Department.

When it comes to state dinners, Trump seems to prefer being on the receiving end.

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