President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump goes to welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison to a state dinner at the White House, September 20, 2019. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, on Friday for their second dinner at the White House. The event took place under the stars of the Rose Garden, transformed into a background of gold and green colors and flowers to symbolize the strong ties between the United States and the Down Under continent.
Melania Trump wore a green dress with J Mendel sea foam with a high neck and transparent sleeves. The dress is adorned with vertical rows of prestressed, wavy ruffles that fall into a skirt with narrow pleats. It sells for about $ 6,000 on the Bergdorf Goodman website but is on sale for about $ 1,500.
Celebrity guests included Australian pro golfer Greg Norman, a friend and once golf partner of the President; Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox Corp. and son of Aussie-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch; Fox News & # 39; Trump-supporting commentator Lou Dobbs and his wife, Debi Dobbs; and another Fox star, Maria Bartiromo and her husband, Jonathan Steinberg.
Kellyanne Conway comes alone. Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, arrived with the date Ryan Ryan, the woman his current and third wife complained to in court documents he spent $ 300,000 since the opening of their divorce proceedings.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny Morrison, in the North Portico of the White House for a state dinner, September 20, 2019. (Photo: ERIK S. LESSER / EPA-EFE)
Morrison, 51, a conservative in Australian politics, is only the second world leader to be treated to the highest honor by a state visit during the Trump administration. The first state dinner under President Trump honored French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, in April 2018.
For their second major diplomatic meeting, Trumps put on a rich party. The Aussies and scores of guests ate on sunchoke ravioli, Dover sole and Lady apple cakes on porcelain from the Clinton and Bush administrations, and sipped fruity Napa and Australian wines as US military bands played in the background.
The White House said that Melania Trump "carefully selected" the colors, décor and dinner menu to reflect the continuation of one of America's "most important and lasting relationships."
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison during a State Arrival ceremony at South Lawn of the White House, September 20, 2019. (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP)
President Trump promised the dinner "will be something."
"The first lady has done an incredible job tonight," Trump said as he sat with Morrison in the Oval Office in the middle of the morning. "The only thing that can cushion it would be rain and we don't expect any rain. But if it rains we will go over to the state (the dining room) and we will be fine."
"Thanks, buddy," Morrison said.
The color scheme for the dinner was green and gold, Australia's national colors, derived from its national flower, the golden watering. Rose Garden was filled with American varieties of yellow and white garden roses and wattle flowers in gold woven baskets.
The table liners contained ombre shades of yellow and green and the center pieces consisted of golden wattles and more than 2,500 California roses in shades of yellow. The tables, illuminated with gold oil lamps, also had golden champagne grapes to illuminate both countries' rich wine industries.
The menu was designed to reflect America's various food traditions and the lush late summer season while celebrating Australia's blend of culinary adaptations from its diverse cultures, the White House said.
Previously on Friday, the morrisons were welcomed with the usual pompous ceremonies at South Lawn, including a "review of the troops" consisting of nearly 500 members from the five military branches, a 19-gun salute and navy band performances by both national anthems (it would be the "Advance Australia Fair" ", not " Waltzing Matilda ").
Hundreds gathered on the lawn under clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures as children waved miniature and American flags. Those invited to attend included members of the Cabinet, Congress, military families and guests at the Australian Embassy.
First Lady Melania Trump and Jenny Morrison, wife of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, at The South Lawn in the White House for the State Arrival Ceremony on September 20, 2019. (Photo: JIM LO SCALZO / EPA-EFE)
"Today we celebrate the long-nurtured and steadfast friendship between the United States and Australia," the president told the crowd. . Morrison said the two nations “see that world through the same lens. "
" You will not find a safer and steadier friend – a better friend – than Australia, "Morrison said.
Morrison and the president later met for talks and held a joint news conference in the east room. Morrison was also treated to
Morrison is the head of Australia's Liberal Party, which despite its name is actually the right-wing party Down Under, receiving a surprise victory in Australia's national election in May, securing its first full term as prime minister. Aussie voters general conservative inclinations and pleasing President Trump.
Australia was last honored with a 2006 US visit when President George W. Bush quit Prime Minister John Howard.
The White House said Trumps presented gifts to the visitor the pair: Trumps gave the Morrisons a custom photo album handwritten with 23 carat gold and a Tiffany & Co. tin bowl engraved with the president's seal and both Trump's signatures.
Trump gave Morrison a model of the USS Canberra, currently being built at an Alabama shipyard, and a framed map of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a second world war in which the United States and Australia's naval and air forces fought together against the Japanese.
Mrs. Trump's choice for Jennifer Morrison was a sterling silver and 18 carat gold Tiffany & Co. "Infinity" cuff bracelet.
Contributions: The Associated Press
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