President Trump Participates in Working Dinner With New Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison…

After landing in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 Summit that begins tomorrow (tonight EDT), President Trump and the U.S. delegation have dinner with Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] PRESIDENT TRUMP: Hello everybody. I hope you all had a nice flight — those that came with me. (Laughter.) It’s very nice to have dinner.

And, really, I want to congratulate the Prime Minister on a tremendous victory. He had a fantastic victory, as you know. He didn’t surprise me, but he surprised a lot of other people. See, I knew him, so I said, “He’s going to do very well.” And he did. He did. They called it an upset, but I don’t call it an upset. You probably didn’t. Your wife didn’t call it an upset. (Laughter.) But I want to congratulate you very much. It’s a fantastic thing you did.

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And thanks for hosting us here tonight. It’s going to be an important few days. But there’s no better or stronger or deeper relationship than the United States and Australia.

As you said, we’ve been together for a very long time — 100 years — as our ambassadors have been involved in that program in the United States of fighting together but working together. And the achievements speak for themselves.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s exactly right.

Q Mr. President, are you coming to Melbourne for the President’s Cup Golf?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’ll tell you what: I’d like to. (Laughter.)

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: There’s a warm invitation. It’s standing.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It might not be easy, but I’d like to. (Laughter.) That’s a big deal. That’s going to be great. That’s going to be great.

Q Mr. President, you talk about “America first” a lot. Do you recognize that, for many of your allies, sometimes it’s seen as “America alone” because it has adverse impacts on countries like Japan and Australia — like on trade, for example?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah, well, I think I can say very easily that we’ve been very good to our allies. We work with our allies. We take care of our allies. Generally speaking, I’ve inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. And we even help our allies militarily.

So we do look at ourselves, and we look at ourselves, I think, more positively than ever before. But we also look at our allies. And I think Australia is a good example. We’ve worked together very closely – – just recently, on a big trade situation. We had a little bit of a trade deal going, and it worked out very well for both of us.

And I think especially when it comes to those great allies, and Australia would be right there. We’re very proud of it. It’s one of our oldest and one of our best. We were just talking about the battles that we fought together. These are big-name battles, and they were tough battles, and we won every one of them.

So, it’s great to be with you.

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Thank you very much.

END 8:02 P.M. JST 7:02am EDT

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28 Responses to President Trump Participates in Working Dinner With New Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison…

  1. Who is that sitting next to POTUS on his left.

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  2. Tad says:

    Trump so loves his country you can see it on his face, as well as hear it in his voice. We Americans are truly blessed.

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      That’s why even Donnie Dbag Deutsche was lamenting on MSNBC after last night’s debate that no one on that stage could beat the President…..because of ‘how he connects’ with the American People.

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  3. Perot Conservative says:

    Five Eyes / Alexander Downer chat?

    Will Australia sign a trade deal with the UK? A bit fuzzy on their official relationship, practical working relationships, etc.

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  4. SoCal Patriot says:

    So nice to finally have an President who does not apologize for being an American.

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  5. CarolinaKat says:

    Morrison is another conservative/nationalist, whom the chattering class decided unelectable similar to Trump. I think they’ll talk about the abuses of the Obama intelligence agencies in 2016 and will get cooperation. (especially with trade on the table)

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  6. A2 says:

    There was a 10:30 pm briefing last night by Japan Foreign Ministry on PM Abe’s bilateral conversations on the sidelines of the main events. Including his meeting with Xi.

    “IN talks with President Xi, Japan’s Abe pointed out importance of a free & open Hong Kong under one country, two systems. Abe also emphasized the importance of upholding international values such as respect for freedom and human rights, including for Uighers in China”

    “Asked about President Xi’s response to PM Abe’s comments about Hong Kong, foreign ministry spokesman says “I don’t have the response of President Xi to that statement.”

    “Abe told Xi that he would be watching if Belt and Road “will be implemented in a way that effectively respects international rules and standards.”

    “PM Abe requested of President Xi that China exercise
    “self retraint” in the East China Sea surrounding the Senkaku islands”

    “We are following with close attention what is happening and hoping that differences will be solved ….in a constructive manner.” Re: China-US trade talks”

    “Japan is the 3rd economic power in the world. We have interest in what is happening between the No. 1 and 2 so we want things to go well. It’s as simple as that.”

    When asked, Japan’s foreign ministry spokesman says he would not use the word “mediation” to describe the role Abe wishes to play with regard to US and China trade negotiations and they did not discuss Huawei.

    Well done PM Abe.

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  7. Bogeyfree says:

    I wish PT would consider using this phrase when ask this question about trade.

    All we want is fair and balance trade deals. Why is that so wrong to want?

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  8. A2 says:

    Here is a report in the Australian press
    https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/one-of-our-best-donald-trumps-gushing-words-for-australia-and-scott-morrison/news-story/9e07502465548a2d610efbca411f3c8b

    It mentioned who was there,
    “Mr Morrison was joined at the dinner by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and Australia’s Washington ambassador Joe Hockey.

    Mr Trump came with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, trade representative Robert Lighthizer and national security adviser John Bolton as well as his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump.”

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  9. jeans2nd says:

    Interesting that the first thing PM Morrison mentioned was ambassadors.
    Oh, to be a fly on the wall during those discussions…

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  10. Dave Hunter says:

    So the Aussie PM wants to whine and cry about his country being forced to reciprocate on trade and not put tariffs on American goods but expects the president to allow Australian goods in freely? How about no?

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  11. GB Bari says:

    Mr. President, you talk about “America first” a lot. Do you recognize that, for many of your allies, sometimes it’s seen as “America alone” because it has adverse impacts on countries like Japan and Australia — like on trade, for example?

    Mr. Prime Minister, my first responsibility is to the United States citizens. If existing trade arrangements are placing my country in a continual deficit situation because of imbalanced tariffs and trade rules between the US and an ally, I have an obligation to correct the imbalance and renegotiate the trade deal so that the US is not hurt by the arrangement. I prefer to make deals such that both countries benefit and neither benefits at the other’s expense. That’s what I like – mutually beneficial, reciprocal trade.

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    • Arrest Soros says:

      Why would he start his response with “Mr Prime Minister” when the question came from a journo?
      Also, the US has a trade SURPLUS with Australia. One of the few the US has a surplus with.
      (We [Oz] use all the $s we get from selling stuff to China, to buy stuff from the US)

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      • GB Bari says:

        I read the Q as coming from the PM. So OK, I’m wrong on that – remove the “Mr Prime Minister” part, but the rest of my suggested reply remains the same.

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        • kp says:

          GB Bari,

          Easily misunderstood. Hair-trigger responses are much more of a problem here than a slight misunderstanding. Oh to have a ‘delete’ button, huh? I might wear it out, though…

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    • Question was from an Australian (Murdoch) journalist.

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  12. It’s weird how the images of bodies floating in the water after failed illegal immigration attempts are used by conservatives in Australia to attack leftists on the basis that it is the left’s weak stance on immigration and their promotion of ‘welfare for all’ that encourages perilous journeys in search of an easier life. Why can’t Republicans take the same approach?

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