Scott Morrison meets with Donald Trump over dinner in Japan ahead of G20 Summit

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Scott Morrison has met with Donald Trump at a dinner meeting in Osaka, speaking with the US President for more than an hour as the leaders prepared for the annual G20 Summit.

Key points:

  • The US President said Australia had done well on trade under his administration
  • Mr Morrison mentioned to Mr Trump the importance of resolving the US-China trade dispute 
  • Mr Trump said he would like to visit Australia this year for the Presidents Cup golf tournament

In a meeting that ran overtime, the Prime Minister told Mr Trump and his advisers of the effect his trade tariffs against China are having on the rest of the world, including allies like Australia.

When asked if his trade policies strained traditional alliances, Mr Trump insisted that Australia had done well on trade under his administration. 

“I can say very easily that we’ve been very good to our allies, we work with our allies, we take care of our allies,” Mr Trump said. 

“I have inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. And we even help our allies militarily. So, we do look at ourselves and we 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. We’ve worked together very closely — just recently, on a big trade situation. 

“We had a little bit of a trade deal going, and it worked out very well for both of us.”

Mr Morrison impressed on Mr Trump the importance of resolving the US trade dispute with China.

Donald Trump and Scott Morrison

Mr Trump also said he would “like to” visit Australia later this year for the prestigious Presidents Cup golf tournament.

Both leaders will enter the G20 Summit today, where concerns about the trade friction between China and the US will be expressed by many leaders.

Mr Trump will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping, in a one-on-one meeting tomorrow.