Aussie Day #1 – President Trump and First Lady Melania Welcome Prime Minister Morrison and Lady Morrison – State Visit…

Today the President and First Lady will welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Lady Jenny Morrison for an official state visit to the United States.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi

After a day of formal and semi-formal activity, the Morrisons’ will be guests of honor at a White House state dinner in the Rose Garden.   Schedule:

♦ 9:00am ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in the arrival ceremony of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mrs. Jenny Morrison of Australia – South Lawn

♦ 9:30am ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in the official guest book signing and leader gift exchange – Blue Room

♦ 9:40am ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a receiving line with the official Australian Delegation – Cross Hall

♦ 10:00am ET THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia – Oval Office

♦ 10:30am ET THE PRESIDENT participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia – Cabinet Room

♦ 11:45am ET THE PRESIDENT participates in a joint press availability with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia – East Room

♦ 7:00pm ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in the arrival of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Lady Jenny Morrison of Australia – North Portico

♦ 7:05pm ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in couples reception with the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Morrison – Yellow Oval Room

♦ 7:35pm ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a receiving line – Blue Room

♦ 8:20pm ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host a state dinner with the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Morrison – Rose Garden

First Lady Melania has chosen to deck the Rose Garden with green and gold, with yellow garden roses, wattle and golden champagne grapes decorating the tables.

Approximately 100 guests will enjoy a menu of sunchoke ravioli, Dover sole with fennel mousseline, and Lady Apple tart was chosen to “pay homage to Australia’s special blend of culinary adaptations from its various cultures, not unlike the diverse food traditions of the United States”, a spokesperson for Mrs Trump said.

♦ 9:40pm ET THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in entertainment with the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Morrison – Rose Garden

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[White House Background] – Just going to briefly give you a flavor of what we’re going to be doing tomorrow, schedule-wise, for the state visit, and then walk a little bit into the relationship and some of the policy objectives and outcomes from — from the visit.

So we’re going to start tomorrow morning with a 9:00 a.m. South Lawn arrival ceremony. That’ll take us for about 30 minutes. Then we’re going to go into a guestbook signing and gift exchange, before a two-on-two — President and First Lady, and Prime Minister and Mrs. Morrison — meeting in the Oval Office. Then we’re going to have a series of bilateral meetings between the President, the Prime Minister, and their staffs. That’s going to take us up to the middle of the day, where we’re going to have a joint press conference in the East Room — starts at 11:45 a.m., to run for about 30 minutes or so.

That’ll take us to the State Department luncheon to be hosted by Vice President Pence and Secretary Pompeo, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Then we’re going to — skipping down later in the day we have the state dinner at 8:15 p.m. and entertainment going until later in the evening in the Rose Garden. So, that’s a little bit of the program for tomorrow and what we expect to see on the agenda.

Looking at the relationship, the U.S. partnership and alliance with Australia is one of our strongest and most enduring relationships anywhere in the world. You can measure that by the military, the shared military engagement, going back to the First World War. U.S. and Australian troops have served side by side, going back to the Battle of Hamel in 1918. And all the way through World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Defeat ISIS campaign, and throughout numerous other counterterrorism and other engagements around the world.

It’s incredibly robust in the intelligent sharing arena. They’re a member of Five Eyes, and we have — we have just an extraordinarily dynamic and deep partnership with them across so many areas.

The purpose of this visit is going to be highlighting the breadth and the depth of that relationship. So, the President — in addition to what I walked you through for Friday, the President of course is also going to be traveling later on with the Prime Minister to Ohio, where we’re going to be highlighting the economic side of the relationship.

And what’s really extraordinary about that is, of course, from a trading standpoint, we have both a surplus in goods and a surplus in services with Australia. And the foreign direct investment that we’re going to be highlighting in Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a really impressive example of what this administration’s policies and Australia’s commitment to the alliance have been able to produce in the industrial Midwest.

Looking at what we’re — what we’re trying to highlight in this visit in terms of specific policies, the President’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, as is highlighted in the National Security Strategy and other strategy documents, Australians are an absolutely essential partner in that free and open Indo-Pacific vision. They coordinate with us. We have numerous mechanisms for cooperation already to really capture the full breadth of the challenges and the opportunities in the region. And we are in constant contact with them. And this — this visit is designed to highlight some of — some of that cooperation.

I’ll just give you a flavor of some of the things we’re going to — that’ll likely be coming out of this that are worth highlighting. Australia has been a tremendous partner for us as it relates to Iran’s nuclear program and towards some of the challenges we face with Iran. They’ve recently announced there are going to be joint patrols with the United States in the Strait of Hormuz to keep — to ensure freedom of navigation and the Strait.

In North Korea, they’ve been a key partner in our efforts in North Korea. They’ve been absolutely steadfast as it relates to broader issues of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific and coordinating with us on that. So we want to highlight the security and then the regional architecture side of the relationship.

We also, from an economic-partnership standpoint, we’re going to be talking about space cooperation. This is an area where the Australians have been cooperating with us for over 60 years in space. And we’re going to have some announcements on an MOU between NASA and the Australian Space Agency on returning to the moon by 2024, and to explore new areas of mutual interest in things like automation and robotics. It’s going to be very exciting.

On rare earth elements and critical minerals, which is an area of shared interest and concern for both countries, we’re going to be rolling out a plan to improve security and supply of rare earth in a way that is mutually beneficial to both countries and strengthens our — both security — our physical security and our economic security.

In the science and technology space, we’re going to be unveiling some mechanisms to increase our S&T cooperation, particularly in the area of frontier technologies and identifying future research projects where both countries are going to be able to collaborate across the spectrum of different projects and disciplines.

And finally, on the environmental side, we’re going to be rolling out some program to work on recycling and waste management, especially in oceans plastic, which is an area of concern to both the United States and Australia.

So, I think you can see, this is going to be — the depth and breadth of the things we’re talking about during this visit is really a reflection of the depth and breadth of the relationship as a whole.

And so I think, you know, this comes — last year, we celebrated 100 years of Mateship between the United States and Australia. And this is, you know, the first state visit that we’ve had since Prime Minister Howard came to the United States shortly after 9/11. And in those 18 years, the Australians have really been shoulder-to-shoulder with us all over the world in so many different areas. And this is really a perfect time to highlight the alliance and the contribution.

So, I can take any questions.

Q Hi, this is Andrew Feinberg with Breakfast Media. Thanks for doing this call. Given the news last night and today, is the President planning on taking any steps to assure the Prime Minister that the U.S. can be trusted by Australia and the rest of our Five Eyes alliance allies?

And also, does the President still want the Attorney General to, quote, “look at” Australia and their diplomats’ role in starting the Russia investigation?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Look, the Five Eyes partnership is one of the strongest in the world. And what the United States and Australia cooperate on every day is the mutual safety and security of Australians and Americans. And so that relationship is steadfast and has been really one of the pinnacles of global security over the last 60 years. So that’s — that relationship is done unshakeable.

Q Hi. This is Kyle Mazza for UNF News. Thank you for doing this call. I wanted to go back to a topic that you pointed out on the environment. Can you say specifically what the Prime Minister and the President will discuss on recycling plastics at our mutual interest to Australia and the United States? Thank you.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Sure. I’ll give you just a little more flavor on that. Bottom line: We’ve been — both countries have been looking, over the last several years, at ways to reduce oceans plastic and the pollution that comes from that and the damage it does to marine wildlife, to sustainable fishing, and to the ecosystem in general.

Both countries — obviously, we have significant Exclusive Economic Zones, significant coastlines, so have a very — both of us have an interest in collaborating and cooperating on that challenge.

So I think the President and the Prime Minister and their staffs are going to have an opportunity to look at some proposals that have been put on the table by both sides, how we can just have more cooperation both on the scientific side, as well as on the environmental protection side.

So we’re going to be discussing that in different forums throughout the visit. Thanks.

Q Christina Anderson, (inaudible) News. So, I’m interested in some details about the MOU on the space cooperation. And also whether there will be any formal cooperation discussed on the military side, in terms of space defense. And so those are the main questions. Thank you. Thank you for the call.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Sure. Sure. On the space side, I just would highlight that, you know, for years, the Australian Space Agency and NASA have had — it’s been an incredibly cooperative relationship going back to the Apollo program into the moon landing. And what we’re trying to do in this visit is to expand that longstanding cooperation into the next frontiers — the Moon and Mars. And I think what you’ll see is we’re going to have some proposals on the table that will further integrate Australia and the United States into conquering those new frontiers.

Q Hello, my name is Stephanie from Intelligent Luxury. My question is, how can U.S. companies increase tourism to Australia and conduct business with Australia’s government and businesses?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: So you know, the U.S.-Australia relationship on the economic side is extraordinarily diverse and robust. And what we have — as I mentioned earlier, from a trade standpoint, we have a great surplus in both services and goods.

The President’s trip to Ohio is going to be — with the Prime Minister — is going to be highlighting the foreign direct investment side in the United States. And American companies are already significant investors in Australia. We have every expectation that it’s going to continue and to grow. And it’s really — I think one of the highlights of this whole state visit is going to be just the close economic cooperation between us and how we expect that to only continue.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: And we’ll take one more question, please.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Hi, this is Alex Alper with Reuters. I was wondering if you could give a bit more detail on the plan to boost sharing on (inaudible) — I’m sorry — on rare earth. Is it going to entail a facility to process rare earth metals? Can you give any other detail? And will it be an EO or some other type of document? Thank you.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah, so I think the key takeaway from that is, kind of, what our joint objectives are. We share a concern about making sure that our supply of rare earth and critical minerals are secure. That’s something that both countries have a very, very pronounced interest in.

We also have a concern about — we also have — I think both countries share an interest in making sure that global supply of rare earth is stable and secure. So, looking at different ways in which we can pool our expertise and our resources to make sure that there’s a stable and secure global market that’s not easily disrupted by shocks and outside influences.

So, that’s where we are with the rare earths and I think that’s going to be an important outcome from the visit. Thanks.  [Briefing Concludes]

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania – April, 2018

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77 Responses to Aussie Day #1 – President Trump and First Lady Melania Welcome Prime Minister Morrison and Lady Morrison – State Visit…

  1. Michael Kunz says:

    Go ScoMo, on the side of all right thinking westerners, imagine Potus and Flotus can enjoy this one.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. A2 says:

    Great ally in two world wars and after. I have spent a fair amount of time in Australia and New Zealand professionally, and also a favourite destination for family holidays. The Australian people are great. Love to see them honoured at the White House as only the Trump administration knows how to do.

    Important things to be announced and our chief partner in the Indo-Pacific Policy.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Merkin Muffley says:

      Then how do you explain Malcolm Turnbull?

      Liked by 1 person

      • A2 says:

        What are you on about. How do explain Clinton or Obama. Domestic politics aside, they have been a staunch ally of the US.

        Liked by 12 people

        • Robster says:

          I suspect Merkin follows Australian politics somewhat closely.

          Turnbull was a sellout and a traitor to conservatives here in Australia. To us here in Australia who believe in conservative values, much the same as the GOP and the Freedom Caucus believe in the American Constitution, having Turnbull as our leader would be the same as having Clinton or Obama (Romney/Flake/McCain) leading the GOP.

          Read some history on Turnbull to see where he plotted a coup against Tony Abbott to depose him as Prime Minister. Abbott was ‘our’ overwhelmingly elected conservative leader who strongly believed in the alliance with the US, spoke out against the global warming hysteria, implemented strong border control to bring illegal crossings to zero, spoke out against the European model of open border, defended Christianity and defended Western Democracy.

          Turnbull, a globalist, a former Goldman Sachs banker, an Australian Prime Minister who ridiculed your President at a major public event as being a Putin puppet and embraced global warming/climate change madness whilst pushing a progressive LGBTQI whatever agenda. He brought in gay marriage.

          I lost 90% respect for our current PM because he also sided with Turnbull and took a part in the internal party coup to remove Tony Abbott as our elected Prime Minister and thereby denied the voters of our choice of who we had elected.

          I love and admire your President. He is a man amongst men and a true leader for the common folk. It is a shame he does not have the privilege to meet his equivalent from Oz, our Tony Abbott.

          But I suspect he knows that already.

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          • A2 says:

            I know all about Turnbull and others. I was making a broader point. Despite domestic politics, Australia has come through for us, we have them. All good.

            Liked by 3 people

          • Linda K. says:

            Thanks for the background on Oz politics. It is a beautiful country and I consider Australians freedom loving people. as are Americans, with our common heritage from England (as a place to send their overflow). You are somewhat protected from outside influences by your geographic location?

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      • old45model says:

        Ahhhhggghhh! He was an aberration! A ink blot on the pages of our history.

        Liked by 1 person

        • old45model says:

          Aaarrggh! to me – a ‘typo’! Replace “A” with “An”, when reading, please. My fingers have grown old and have forgotten the language of my childhood.

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    • Mike says:

      No better ally. Australia has fought alongside us in all our “wars” since WWII. Not even the U.K. or Canada can match that. In terms of culture and national character, the Australians are the most like us. Great country, good people. I enjoyed serving with them in Vietnam.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Looks like this sets the stage for Indo-Pacific roles that Japan and India may play
      … which might well be announced in the coming week!

      Liked by 2 people

    • The Third Man says:

      Gallipoli. The moslems slaughter the Aussies. Nothing has changed.

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  3. gnome says:

    Not Lady Morrison, just Mrs Morrison. What is this US obsession with patents of nobility? You take it to extremes with crazy titles like “Secretary” Clinton, “Mayor” Giuliani or “Ambassador” Rice.

    Liked by 4 people

    • goddessoftheclassroom (@goddesofthecl1) says:

      Gnome, I am a stickler for using titles, professional or of nobility, correctly. For those interested in such things, Mrs. Morrison would ONLY be “Lady Jenny” if she had been born the daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl and married to a commoner, which Mr. Morrison is. If Mr. Morrison were to be knighted, he would be Sir Scott and she would be Lady Morrison. Were Mr. Morrison to be ennobled, Mrs. Morrison would be “Lady + his title.”

      It irked me when the late Princess of Wales was called Princess Diana, as it does when the HRH the Duchess of Cambridge is called Princess Kate. Happily, I have not noticed the HRH the Duchess of Sussex being called Princess Meghan. Of course, If the press insists on using the title “Princess” with their names, they may refer to the ladies as Princess William and Princess Harry, respectively, but those titles are actually steps down from those of royal duchesses.

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    • The Third Man says:

      “POS” Romney.

      Liked by 1 person

    • old45model says:

      Gnome – I’ve always been of the opinion that they should use “Ex” in front of all those titles – it would make much more sense (to an Aussie, that is).

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  4. Jo says:

    My invite must have been lost in the mail.
    Can’t think of any other reason why it hasn’t turned up.
    Love the wattle with the yellow roses, but it sets off a lot of people’s sinuses.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. J Gottfred says:

    Meanwhile, and yet again, 35 miles north of New York City in Chappaqua, New York the occupant slams another empty wine bottle against the fireplace sending shards of broken glass all over. She could be heard far down the road screaming and sobbing, “That should be me! Why is not me! I want it to be me!”

    https://hips.hearstapps.com/hbu.h-cdn.co/assets/16/23/1600×1041/gallery-1465584837-clinton-chappaqua.jpg?resize=980:*

    Liked by 12 people

  6. Green and gold table flowers – so thoughtful as they are our colours and there’s wattle, our national flower, there as well.

    FLOTUS – the best EVER hostess- everything, always so perfectly thought out and executed.

    PS – it’s Mrs Morrison, she has no title.

    Liked by 12 people

  7. A2 says:

    Have a read. You may learn something.

    AUSTRALIA-US DEFENCE RELATIONSHIP
    https://usa.embassy.gov.au/defence-cooperation

    Liked by 2 people

    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Have been to Australia four times.

      The most wonderful people and one of the greatest countries on earth.

      Most people are happy to a fault…..had two girlfriends there that still write me to this day.

      Love the area around Perth.

      Australia Tavern…..Perth….best beer in the world.

      Liked by 3 people

      • burginthorn says:

        As an Australian and an authoritative figure on beer, I can assure you Perth does not have the best beer in the world. The Brits love Australia’s Fosters Larger, which locally we consider stale pale cats piss.
        The best beer in the world is without a doubt Victoria Bitter, or VB as it is locally known. But there is a system to drinking VB to fully appreciate this nectar of the gods. Firstly it must be drank in searing heat. It also is best after a hard days physical labor in said heat. Lastly and most importantly it must be chilled to near frozen. The colder the better. I can promise you if the above is followed to the letter you will experience a beer like you’ve never experienced before.
        Proof:

        😉

        Liked by 4 people

        • Orygun says:

          Salt of the Earth people powered by ice cold beer!
          Best friend growing up was an Aussie. They reminded me of rural Americans in that they are fiercely independent.

          Liked by 1 person

        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          burginthorn,

          How about Swan?……never drank Foster’s much….Swan I liked….

          Will Try Victoria Bitter…….love “cold Beer”

          Got thrown out of a pub in Ireland for putting ice in my Guiness…..should have seen the looks on their faces when I put that ice in the glass….band stopped playin..people were aghast….

          But…like my beer cold…..

          Thanks…..G’Day….

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          • burginthorn says:

            Swan Lager Western Australia’s official beer. Here’s an ad commemorating when Australia won the America’s Cup sailing.

            That was a funny time in Australia. No one had beaten the Americans in over 100 years. When Australia finally did it, everyone got drunk, and the Prime Minister, who got really drunk declared an unofficial public holiday in celebration.

            Liked by 1 person

          • old45model says:

            These blokes are having you on, Gunny. The only reason they are advising you to drink that stuff with icicles hanging off everywhere is because once it loses the chill it tends to not taste so nice. Just an observation from the memory of a lack of the amber fluid from Brisbane, many years ago – when beers from all around the country were brought to Queensland to quench many a thirst – and more than one bloke was seen to clutch his throat in agony after the first great thirst slaking swallow.

            Liked by 1 person

            • burginthorn says:

              You are right old45model hence the instructions on how to drink VB correctly. Warm beer and Queensland makes sense, that place is tropical. XXXX (Four X) was the Queenslander’s home brew beer.

              Liked by 1 person

            • skipper1961 says:

              old45model,
              Oh My Gosh! You Aussies certainly have a way w/words!! …….”and more than one bloke was seen to clutch his throat in agony after the first great thirst slaking swallow.”
              Thank you for the guffaw!!! (Ameerican for “belly laugh”) G’Donyah mate!!

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      • skipper1961 says:

        Gunny66,
        I loved Perth also. But what is the “crushed beer can” arena about? (Kidding, I was there w/Dolly Parton, and that venue is state of the art). Agree w/the quality of the Aussies. Tried to help a (local) coworker (crane operator @ a LNG mine) emigrate here. Australia made it impossible 4 him to leave!! He told me he (and they) suffered an effective tax rate of 70%!!! after all the “vats” and other penalties. I digress. I don’t drink, so can’t comment on the beer, but what is it w/beets on all of the sandwiches?

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        • old45model says:

          Beetroot, slice of pineapple, some sliced lettuce, slices of tomato, etc for starters – then add BBQd whatever – all on a decent bread roll that has a hint of malt about it, of course.
          OR on Damper, cooked in the coals or in a camp oven (Dutch oven, I think it is called in U.S.A.), a piece torn off & apart, then smothered in butter – THEN add the filling.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Alligator Gar says:

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    • Linda K. says:

      I was a competitive swimmer and for many years, from the 1960’s on, Australia had some of the fastest swimmers in the world, especially in freestyle events. Murray Rose, Shane Gould, Ian Thorpe..to name a few. The U.S.A. and Australia were very competitive then.

      I believe also, Australia also has the most varieties of lethally poisonous insects anywhere in the world. It is an interesting place.

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  8. A2 says:

    Us Marine band playing Australia’s marching song. Semper Fidelis.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. sunnyflower5 says:

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  10. ParteaGirl says:

    If members of Five Eyes helped the last administration with “intel,” I’m guessing some new members of Five Eyes can help our new administration with some “intel” too.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Troublemaker10 says:

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  12. MfM says:

    Trump’s falling beind. This is only his second State Dinner. And it’s only for 100ish people. /s

    You’d think he was trying to be frugal with tax payers money.

    Obama’s were so big they had to set up tents on the lawn.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. StanH says:

    It would appear that they have retrieved the china and silverware from the Clinton’s.

    Elegant!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Wow just WOW!! Our gorgeous First Lady has exquisite taste! This will be spectacular in the Rose Garden!!!

    Wish I could be there… what an experience it would be!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. MicD says:

    Hello to all my friends in Australia and South Auckland (Tasi) as well, lol !
    I do like Mr. Scott, he’s plain spoken bold and forthright.
    And Mrs. Jenny is cute as a bug :p
    Thank You!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. sunnyflower5 says:

    Like

  17. Josh Taylor says:

    Trade deal announcement???

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  18. Grandma Covfefe says:

    President Trump and First Lady Melania has brought back honor and respectability to our White House and our country.
    Thank You, President Trump and First Lady Melania.

    America Stands With You. We are With You In The Spirit.
    MAGA-KAG

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  19. NoFixedAddress says:

    test
    son of Prussian Jews

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  20. NoFixedAddress says:

    test
    son of Australian emigre Prussian Jews
    General John Monash

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  21. NoFixedAddress says:

    Australia and America are only 2 countries with original copies of Magna Carta

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