Administration

Trump to host second state dinner during visit from Australian leader

President Trump will host Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September for the administration's second state dinner, the White House announced Monday.

"The visit will celebrate our two countries' close friendship and shared history, and reaffirm our common vision for global peace, security, and prosperity," the White House said in a statement.

Morrison and his wife will visit the White House on Sept. 20. He will be the second world leader Trump has welcomed for a state dinner, which is typically reserved for close allies. The first was French President Emmanuel Macron in April 2018.

Morrison, who like Trump ran a populist conservative campaign, scored a surprise victory in May to win a three-year term as prime minister amid expectations that his coalition would lose seats.

Trump met with Morrison for a working dinner at the Group of 20 summit last month, where the president highlighted the longstanding relationship between the two countries.

Trade is likely to be a key talking point during the upcoming state visit. The New York Times reported in June that Trump considered placing tariffs on Australia but faced fierce opposition from military and diplomatic officials.

State dinners are more extravagant and have more pageantry than standard visits. They feature a formal dinner with other lawmakers and high-profile guests in attendance and can include additional festivities to underscore the relationship.

For example, Trump and Macron visited George Washington's Mt. Vernon estate for a private tour and dinner with their wives.

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