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Trump praises Turnbull at White House

Trump praises Turnbull at White House

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country is inspired by President Donald Trump's tax cuts.

In a press briefing at the White House, Mr Mnuchin said Mr Turnbull was "very supportive" of the new actions after they discussed the issue at their meeting ahead of the formal announcement.

Mr Trump signed a $US1.5 ($1.9) trillion tax cut into law previous year, cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy.

But it seems all was forgotten on Friday afternoon local time when the two leaders announced the U.S. would be naming one of its combat ships the USS Canberra after Australia's capital.

Mr Trump, who has suggested arming teachers in response to the Florida shooting, said comparing Australia and America was impractical.

"You are our most important strategic and economic partnership", Turnbull told Trump.

For his part, Turnbull flattered, saying he was "inspired" by Trump's tax cuts, and adding for good measure that the USA president's leadership on infrastructure was "admired around the world".

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This was Mr Turnbull's first visit to the White House since their now infamous phone call a year ago when Mr Trump reportedly declared his conversation with the prime minister as his "worst call by far".

Turnbull noted that Australian business leaders were creating jobs both in Australia and the United States, "demonstrating that our two great nations are committed to competition, to freedom, to economic innovation, science and technology. and that's why we're seeing strong job growth in both countries". The prime minister predicted 100 more years of friendship to come.

From the moment Trump strode out to greet Turnbull on the South Lawn and they shared a side-by-side stroll along the colonnade to the Oval Office, it was clear the pair were ready to put on a show.

The two leaders also took questions from reporters in a joint news conference Friday afternoon.

Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull stop to look at the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

The meeting comes as both seek to fix a relationship damaged past year by a row over asylum seekers in which Trump lambasted Turnbull over a resettlement arrangement that he labelled a "dumb" deal.


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