Donald Trump introduced his daughter Ivanka to Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an exclusive dinner between American and Australian delegates prior to the G20 summit in Japan.
The President of the United States met Thursday with the Australian Prime Minister at the Imperial Hotel in Osaka, where Mr. Trump congratulated him on the May 18 election victory.
& # 39; He didn't surprise me, but he surprised many other people & # 39 ;, Trump said at the opening of a working dinner with the prime minister.
& # 39; Look, I knew him. Look, I said you're going to do it very well, and he did, he did that.
& # 39; They called it an area, but I don't call it an area … I really want to congratulate you, it was fantastic. & # 39;
Donald Trump met Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an exclusive dinner between American and Australian delegates prior to the G20 summit
Donald Trump introduced his stunning daughter Ivanka on Thursday to Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The meeting with Mr. Morrison was the first to hold Mr. Trump on his arrival in Osaka
The meeting with Mr. Morrison was the first to hold Mr. Trump on his arrival in Osaka.
The prime minister said he saw the working dinner as an opportunity to encourage Mr. Trump to continue to engage with Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the trade dispute that casts a shadow over the global economy.
& # 39; It's going to be a few important days, but there is no better or stronger or deeper relationship than the United States with Australia & # 39 ;, he said Mr. Trump Thursday night, foreshadowing their conversation.
When asked if his & # 39; America-first & # 39; policy injured allies such as Australia in areas such as trade, Mr. Trump said the US had been very good towards his allies.
& # 39; We work with our allies, we take care of our allies & # 39 ;, he told Mr. Morrison and reporters.
& # 39; So we work with ourselves and we look at ourselves, I think more positively than ever before, but we also look at our allies.
& # 39; And I think Australia is a good example. We recently worked very closely together in a big trading situation, we had a little trade deal going on and it worked very well for both of us. & # 39;
The prime minister said he saw the work dinner as an opportunity to encourage Mr. Trump to continue to engage with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Mr Morrison said earlier in the week that Australia would not be a passive spectator, as the damage caused by trade problems between the US and China spread.
Mr Morrison said earlier in the week that Australia would not be a passive spectator because the damage caused by the US-Chinese trade tensions spread.
Mr. Trump will also meet with Mr. Xi in Osaka to discuss the trade.
The White House has indicated that it is in no hurry to resolve the trade dispute with China and the President would use his meeting with Mr. Xi & # 39; to see where the Chinese side has been since the last talks stopped & # 39; .
Although Mr. Morrison was optimistic, they could move things around, but he warned that it might take longer than the world would watch.
China & # 39; s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye said Wednesday that his country does not want a trade war, but & # 39; will fight to the end if needed & # 39 ;.
Mr Morrison and Mr Trump were also expected to discuss the Prime Minister's G20 initiative for stronger global cooperation in stopping terrorists and violent extremists using social media platforms and developments with Iran and North Korea.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
The warm relationship between Mr. Morrison and the Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe was fully in focus when they met for the G20
The warm relationship between Mr. Morrison and the Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe was fully in focus when they met for the G20.
Mr. Abe used the nickname & # 39; ScoMo & # 39; twice. from the Prime Minister to welcome him to Japan and talked about the close ties between the countries.
& # 39; We have a special strategic partnership with Australia; we must vigorously promote that so that we can work together to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific, "said Mr. Abe.
He also welcomed Mr Morrison's important foreign political speech earlier this week, in which the prime minister said that Australia would not rise while trade tensions between the US and China are damaging the world economy.
At their meeting, which was also attended by Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and senior officials, both leaders expressed their desire for the US and China to agree on trade to provide a momentum for global growth .
Caption Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets President Trump for the G20
They also committed themselves to finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a trade agreement involving ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific states, with the exception of the US.
It is hoped that the deal will be completed by the end of the year.
The couple met as leaders last year in Darwin and the G20 in Argentina, but this is Mr Morrison's first trip to Japan as prime minister.
He said he was happy to return the support that Japan gave to Australia when the G20 was held in Brisbane in 2014.
& # 39; I particularly want to thank the Prime Minister for your support in connection with the fight against Internet terrorism … initiative and your support in allowing that agenda to come through in the meeting, & # 39; said Mr. Morrison.
& # 39; In particular, I would like to thank the Prime Minister for your support in connection with the fight against Internet terrorism … initiative and your support for passing that agenda through in the meeting, & # 39; said Mr. Morrison,
& # 39; We look forward to what we can achieve in that area. & # 39;
Mr Morrison wrote to Mr Abe shortly after the massacre of the stranded Christchurch mosque in March with a proposal to use the G20 to force social media companies to crack down on violent extremists using their platforms.
That became a formal topic of conversation during the second leader session when the summit starts on Friday.
The couple also discussed Mr Abe's goals for the G20, in particular his desire for unity in addressing shared challenges.
They discussed improved security cooperation in the region, given North Korea's ballistic missile capacity, and the shared interest of Australia and Japan to ensure freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.
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