Various political and government figures turned out at the White House on Friday as President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump isolated amid Syria furor | Pompeo, Pence to visit Turkey in push for ceasefire | Turkish troops advance in Syria | Graham throws support behind Trump's sanctions Graham: Erdoğan pledged to Trump to stay away from Kurdish territory in Syria Trump honors Stanley Cup champions, talks impeachment, Turkey MORE, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats Barr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Judge warns DeVos: 'I'm not sending anyone to jail yet' but it's an option Students ask judge to hold DeVos in contempt over debt collection MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossDemocrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions 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 MacronUS should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Trump selects Grenell as special envoy for Serbia, Kosovo peace talks 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 DeSantisBacklash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics WHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report MORE (R), Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Fox Business Network's Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsPence: Trump has been 'completely vindicated' with Ukraine call readout Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Why are we turning a blind eye to right-wing incitement of violence? MORE, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthy10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble MORE (R-Calif.), NewsCorp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamSenate Dem to offer bill making threats, attacks against news media a federal crime CNN host says she takes Trump supporter's violent video 'personally' White House condemns violent video 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 TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE's office said in a statement ahead of the dinner.