President Donald Trump welcomes Australia leader Scott Morrison to White House for 2nd official state visit
Morrison and his wife Jennifer were greeted at the White House by the president and first lady Melania Trump Friday morning. After posing for photos and speaking in private, the leaders spoke to reporters during a joint news conference in the afternoon.
“Australians and Americans understand each other like few other peoples,” Morrison added. “No two peoples in the world make better friends easier than ours.”
Trump said he’s looking to make a deal with Beijing to end the dispute, which has resulted on both sides in a series of tariffs and failed negotiations. Now in its second year, the impasse will be the focus of new talks later this month, U.S. officials said.
Morrison said he’d also like to see a deal, as long as it’s fair.
“Deals have to be fair deals,” he said, adding that he and Trump share a similar vision. “Deals have to be good deals.”
Friday evening, Morrison and his wife will join Trump and first lady Melania Trump for a state dinner — outdoors, in the Rose Garden, which will be decorated with green and gold lights to represent Australia‘s national colors.