Trump says US-Australia relations are strong

The White House was put into temporary lockdown during a press conference between President Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull after an incident at a security barrier.

Mr Trump later thanked the secret service for a job "well done".

"Are my friends from Congress listening to that?"

Getting down to business, Trump said that the pair would discuss "trade deals, we are working on military and protection and all of the things that we would be discussing". "We maintain them. They're there", Turnbull said.

"It's the way to go". You have a very, very different history.

"We are very satisfied with our laws. In that sense, we're going to, hopefully, follow in your footprints".

Shanahan and Turnbull also reaffirmed their continued commitment and support to address the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other extremist groups, particularly in Southeast Asia, the captain said.

Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax cut into law in December, significantly shaving taxes for corporations and the wealthy while providing more modest breaks for middle-class individuals.

The leaders reflected on the strong U.S.

Trump said that US ties with Beijing have improved, but warned that the relationship could be derailed over trade disputes.

"That can be the only thing that can get in the way of a truly long-term great relationship, because we have all the ingredients for friendship", he said.

"As much as I like and respect, really respect President Xi, we have to straighten out the trade imbalance", he said. It produces more investment.

Turnbull, whose nation banned many types of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns following a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996, deflected when asked by a reporter whether such laws would be appropriate for the U.S. Canberra is Australia's capital.

"We would love to have Australia involved and I think Australia wants us to stay involved", Mr Trump said. "There is no closer friendship", he said.

Along with Turnbull came a large group of company heads.

Mr Trump, who wants to have trained armsmen in schools, echoed Mr Turnbull's remarks.

Trump had campaigned against immigration, including by Muslims, and disliked the deal, which was arranged by Barack Obama.

But Joe Hockey, Australia's ambassador to the USA, said the former businessmen now "understand each other" and enjoy each other's company. Since then, Turnbull has met Trump in NY, but Friday's meeting in Washington was their first in the context of an official visit. The pair held an infamously bad-tempered telephone call early on in Trump's presidency.

On bilateral relations, Turnbull said his meeting with Trump had "deepened" the relationship between the allies.

  • Jon Douglas