Various political and government figures turned out at the White House on Friday as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an elaborate state dinner, only the second formal state visit so far during Trump's presidency.
 
Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSanders campaign official: Biden 'actively courted pro-segregation senators' to block black students from white schools Electability is key to Democrats' 2020 fortunes Congress grants military members partial victory, but Feres Doctrine survives MORE, Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (D-W.Va.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (R-Mo.), Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Iran 'standing down' after missile strike MORE all made their way through the guest arrivals entryway at the dinner on Friday.
 
Several Trump Cabinet members also attended the event in glamorous tuxedos and gowns, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrParnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosMueller investigation witness pleads guilty to child sex crime charges Proposed changes to Title IX will not solve the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses US officials say Erik Prince may have violated Venezuela sanctions: report MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossDesperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Let's remember the real gifts the president has given America 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 MacronCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo 5 reasons why US-Europe tensions will grow in the 2020s — and how to stop it Judd Gregg: The Iranian lessons 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 KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan 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.
 
Also eyed at the White House for the state dinner: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE (R), Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Fox Business Network's Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsGOP group launches ad campaign urging senators to call witnesses at impeachment trial Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists' Trump signs first phase of US-China trade deal MORE, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.), NewsCorp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamParnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens MORE, and celebrity chef Curtis Stone.
 
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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE's office said in a statement ahead of the dinner.