Dust off your MAGA hat: US President Donald Trump said that he plans to visit Australia soon, after speaking with the “fantastic” Scott Morrison during the 45th G7 Summit in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Meanwhile, Morrison is slated to pay a visit to Trump in Washington in September.
As the economic summit reached its end, Trump was asked by reporters whether he intended to visit Australia.
“At some point, I will,” the president said. “Yeah.”
Word is that The Donald, as they sometimes call him, is considering making an appearance at the Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. That’s in December. Morrison confirmed that he invited Trump to the tournament back in June and said there was a “reasonable chance” Trump would take him up on it.
A bromance appears to be budding between the two right-wing, coal-loving leaders, with Trump calling Morrison “fantastic” during his G7 presser.
“In fact,” Trump said, “we’re honoring him and Australia at the White House in a very short period of time.”
As stated above, Morrison will travel with his wife, Jenny, to Washington to meet Trump and First Lady Melania September 20.
Should Trump grace Australia with his presence, he would be the sixth US president to do so. The first was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966; the last was Barack Obama, who visited in November 2014 for the G20 summit in Brisbane.
The 45th G7 summit was held in the context on the ongoing and worsening trade war between Washington and Beijing. (China is not part of the G7, rendering it a more or less irrelevant event. Russia was a member until she was kicked out 2014. Until then it was known as the G8.)
In his typical fashion, Trump sent mixed signals throughout the conference, first appearing to backpedal on his promise to impose more tariffs on China, then doubling down and calling China an “enemy,” then complimenting President Xi and expressing interest in opening new negotiations with the Chinese to reach a settlement.
In the meantime, global markets continue to writhe.