UPDATED 9:56 AM PT — Thursday, June 27, 2019
President Trump met with the Australian prime minister on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. During a working dinner Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia and the U.S. have achieved many accomplishments through the years of their strong relationship.
President Trump congratulated the prime minister on his re-election, and took to Twitter earlier in the day to voice his support for Australia’s hard-line immigration policies.
These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned! pic.twitter.com/QgGU0gyjRS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
When asked by a reporter if the ‘America First’ agenda has alienated some allies, President Trump said the U.S. continues to respect those diplomatic relationships:
“We’ve been very good to our allies, we work with our allies, we take care of our allies….I’ve inherited massive trade deficits with our allies and we even help our allies militarily. So, we do 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.”
President Trump said he and the Australians have worked well together on issues of trade, but it’s unclear if the two leaders discussed the ramifications of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. President Trump is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week at the summit.