Various political and government figures turned out at the White House on Friday as President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an elaborate state dinner, only the second formal state visit so far during Trump's presidency.
 
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Several Trump Cabinet members also attended the event in glamorous tuxedos and gowns, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoBiden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN China sanctions Pompeo and more than two dozen US figures China calls Pompeo 'doomsday clown' after its treatment of Uighurs labeled genocide MORE, Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Census Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says MORE, among others.
 
The gathering is just the second state dinner held by Trump since he took office. It was more than a year ago, in April 2018, that Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron to Biden and Harris: 'Welcome back to the Paris Agreement!' EU launches coronavirus vaccine campaign Macron now symptom-free after testing positive for COVID-19 MORE for the inaugural state visit of his administration.
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By contrast, previous commanders in chief have traditionally played host at multiple state dinners — former President Obama helmed five state dinners in his first two years in office.
 
Many of the high-profile guests at the state dinner Friday night stayed mum when asked about pressing world events.
 
 
Pompeo, asked about Iran, replied, "Good evening, everyone."
 
 
Trump chief economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE was asked to comment about the economy, replying, "I think it's great!"
 
ITK asked golfing legend Greg Norman — who's teed off with Trump before — what he'd say to critics who say the president spends too much time on the links.
 
"No, not at all," Norman said with a smile. "Nobody golfs too much," he added.
 
 
He responded with a hearty, animated laugh, before making his way into the dinner. Giuliani was joined at the event by his guest, Dr. Maria Ryan.
 
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After guests arrived, they were poised to be whisked away for the dinner, held outdoors in the Rose Garden. The space will be decked out in green and gold, the national colors of Australia. Details for the event were "carefully selected by the first lady to reflect the strong ties between the United States and Australia," first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpNational Archives launches official Trump presidential library online Trump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps MORE's office said in a statement ahead of the dinner.