Malcolm Turnbull to meet with Donald Trump

Malcolm Turnbull will meet with Donald Trump next week for the first time.

Turnbull to meet with Trump

The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull will meet with US President Donald Trump next week in the first face-to-face encounter between the pair.

The meeting will be part of the 75th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of the Coral Sea and will take place on board the USS Intrepid, a World War II aircraft carrier, which is now a floating museum based on the Hudson River.

"The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister and showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the US has with Australia," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Mr Turnbull believes that this meeting with Mr Trump will be an opportunity to reaffirm Australia's alliance with the United States’ engagement with the Asia-Pacific. Mr Turnbull will also seek to discuss the serious threat of North Korea.

"Australia and the United States share the values of democracy, the rule of law and a commitment to peace, prosperity and security," Mr Turnbull said in a statement.

The meeting with Mr Trump comes just days before the Federal Government is to hand down its May 9 budget.

What subjects do you think Mr Turnbull should be raising with Mr Trump when they meet? Is it right for the Prime Minister to be out of the country as his party releases its flagship economic documents for the upcoming budget?

Read more at abc.net.au

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    HDRider
    26th Apr 2017
    10:12am
    what could possibly go wrong, two blokes who love themselves and are power crazy!
    This statement say's it all: Australia and the United States share the values of democracy, the rule of law and a commitment to peace, prosperity and security," Mr Turnbull said in a statement.
    So, trump will say, do I have your reassurance on assistance with the North Korea problem Malcom? No problem Don mate, we'll be there right beside you as always, the pensioners can pay for it all.
    Triss
    26th Apr 2017
    11:42am
    You're absolutely right, HDRider, especially about the pensioner part. Frightening, isn't it?
    Rosret
    26th Apr 2017
    12:18pm
    HDRider - don't be so sure we are on the same side when it comes to taking on North Korea. I think what you are not seeing is extensive diplomatic discussion behind the scenes.
    We are at our highest risk of Nuclear War in 26 years. It is serious. You can't take sides in a nuclear war - no one wins.
    What is going on is the informing of the US politicians of the relationships between our countries in the Pacific region.
    Having lived in the United States I became very aware that many were happy to blindly drop a nuke to solve a foreign problem. I always thought to myself - thank heavens the President is more intelligent and has more sense.
    Well, now its time to make sure Trump is informed of the destruction caused by war and its total futility. We have to show him that Australia matters. Right now I am more concerned for our sons and daughters than the pension payments.
    Polly Esther
    26th Apr 2017
    12:41pm
    Rosret - Yes, well said and you get the thumbs up from me for your comment.
    Oldman Roo
    26th Apr 2017
    4:30pm
    Rosret , I can not agree with your conclusion about the total futility of war . Regrettably history has taught us , there is sometimes a need for war for self preservation when all other avenues have failed , especially in the case of a fanatic hothead like the North Korean leader . To let him continue with weapons that could destroy our world is not an acceptable solution and ranks with irresponsibility and defeatism .
    The free world may have to bite the bullet , sometimes better sooner than later .
    Rosret
    26th Apr 2017
    5:26pm
    War is never a solution Oldman Roo.
    Yes, Kim is a despot but he is not our despot.
    Oldman Roo
    26th Apr 2017
    7:25pm
    War has been a solution many times in history . Sure , it is never a nice outcome to all involved , but most of the time the outcome was preferable to eventual annihilation .
    Kim may not be our despot today , but allowed to continue unchallenged , he may well be one day .
    floss
    26th Apr 2017
    11:01am
    Please don't grovel P.M.we were once a proud country. Also don't give America any of our foreign aid as I doubt they need it.
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    2:41pm
    Turnbull is not an Australian in the true sense, a Globalist who serves his masters. If only we had a PM with the character and strength of President Trump.
    Oldman Roo
    26th Apr 2017
    7:44pm
    looney, Contrary to the cries of poverty we have got from the LNP Government in order to gut Pensioners , there must be plenty of money in Canberra .Afghanistan just received a 320 Million Grant and Indonesia 365.7 Million about one month ago . There must be more where that came from and maybe even for America .
    I have also just heard today the flood victims only received a loan offer from the Government .
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    7:52pm
    @Oldman Roo that's the MO of Globalists.
    Oldman Roo
    26th Apr 2017
    8:38pm
    niemakawa , I certainly agree with your comments today and ,yes in my opinion Turnbull is much like Merkel in Germany and I was afraid of that outcome when I heard he was meeting her in Berlin .
    Globalists , both of them . to the detriment of their own countries , but the Media is giving them all the support to continue that way .
    If only we had a Trump type Politician in Australia , our country could rank among the world,s greatest .
    gadsby
    26th Apr 2017
    11:15pm
    Funny ,he didnt want a bar of Turnball a few months ago,now the sh@t
    hits the fan with N(naughty )korea ,were the best of mates again ,allies ,no less,
    Seems the only time the USA needs us is when they get into some sort of conflict,they drag the UK in,as well and call us the coalition of the willing,so if it all goes pear shaped ,thev'e got someone else to blame.
    GeorgeM
    26th Apr 2017
    11:27am
    Agree with both HDRider and looney's comments above.
    Turnbull should not show excessive enthusiasm to drag us into overseas conflicts - whether with North Korea or in Iraq / Middle-East - wherever USA wants to go (we can assist USA if they are attacked as per the treaty we have with them, but should stop acting as their Deputy Sheriff). I thought Turnbull's comments at the Press Conference with Mike Pence here were careful and measured (focusing on diplomacy and pushing China to do more), however our loose-lipped Foreign Minister then poked the mad dogs with her silly comments and got a response.
    Swinging voter
    26th Apr 2017
    11:37am
    I hope Trump puts Turnbull in his place considering Trumble's earlier rudeness towards him. Even better Trumble stay in America and don't come back.
    grounded
    26th Apr 2017
    11:39am
    If such were the situation, I personally would wish both Hilary Clinton and Bill Shorten the same best wishes as I extend to both Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull on their planned meeting....knowing Shorten, Clinton, Trump and Turnbull are representative identities of two democratic and freedom loving countries....one of which I am both glad, and fortunate to live in.

    Then again I am not proned to making cynically abusive comments about successfully and democratically elected leaders, on a totally non factual, non knowledgeable basis...beyond the tripe peddled by socialist media hacks and fellow travellers....whose declared agenda is the destruction of the free western world. - (See the Frankfurt School of Cultured Marxism - 1935 through to 2017).

    There is a lot of truth in the age old adage, that those with the most to say.... is usually forthcoming from those who minds know the very least....i.e. bleating in group mentality unison like collective sheep.
    Rosret
    26th Apr 2017
    12:01pm
    Trump has a lot to learn about the world stage and the more Malcolm can show we are allies who support each other the less likely Kim will choose us as his target range.
    The refugee exchange was a shaky deal to solve an on going problem, we all know it however what would you call putting US bases in Northern Australia. They aren't there for our protection.
    It can only be seen as helpful to communicate with and educate the new US government no matter how difficult it maybe for our Prime Minister. I haven't noticed any other foreign Heads of State having a fun time communicating with Trump either.
    Polly Esther
    26th Apr 2017
    12:46pm
    Sensible comment again.
    Swinging voter
    26th Apr 2017
    1:36pm
    I don't believe Kim would be less likely to target us if we are shown to be US allies in fact the alliance probably makes the juvenile NK dictator even more likely to put us in his aggressive sights. As for a little country like Australia educating the new US government I doubt that's going to happen. Trump was elected because he has strong and forthright views. Not a Turnbull characteristic at all.

    26th Apr 2017
    12:38pm
    it will be another boot-licking exercise from our PM.
    KSS
    26th Apr 2017
    1:42pm
    Its a pity that some here have not yet joined the twenty-first century. Its time to recognise that Australia is no longer protected by the tyranny of distance as it has been in the past. And in the wider scheme of things Australia is a minnow in the world beyond our shores. What Australia does have, and continues to have is the respect of many other nations both world wide and in our own backyard as a country, as a partner and yes as a military force to be reckoned with. That makes Australia a powerful player and an influencer. Few have ever had to deal with any situation similar to North Korea - ever. Mr Trump may not have the finesse of a seasoned politician but he is right about one thing. North Korea has to be dealt with. Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump have many things in common. So perhaps if they can approach this meeting with a sense of 'commercial in confidence' (stop the leaks and get off Twitter) and work out what is best for their respective companies (countries) without sacrificing commercial partners (South Korea, China, Japan etc) they may just find a way to curtail the threat of a new entrant to the marketplace (North Korea) and protect their shareholders (the people who voted them into their jobs).
    grounded
    26th Apr 2017
    2:07pm
    What you put forward makes good rational sense. Kim Jung-un would test the patience and logical thought of ANY national leader...to wit, even the Chinese President is not desultory of Trump, rather just cautioning for additional care to take place.

    Rational agreement all round, reveals that Kim Jung-un is capable of hurling nuclear weapons at those who oppose or displease him.

    He is not, at headlong speed, developing nuclear weapons for their stabilising deterrence factor....and possible national security.

    He is addel and stupid enough, as to believe that he can use them!
    Tom Tank
    26th Apr 2017
    2:26pm
    To have a leader who is narcissistic, ego driven, bombastic and generally ignorant of the rest of the world and also has access to nuclear weapons is a real worry. Adding Kin Jung-in, who has a similar personality, to the mix really ratchets up the seriousness of the situation.
    The U.S. bases in Australia are not here to protect us but they do make us a prime target.
    We should take a leaf from New Zealand's book by not tugging the forelock to the U.S., even altho' they are a member of ANZUS, but are respected around the World for their independence from a power group. No rubbish about being "Deputy Sheriff" about the Kiwis.
    Rosret
    26th Apr 2017
    3:10pm
    Totally agree with you Tom Tank. Let's hope Trump sees the value in China's trade embargoes and makes a polite military withdrawal.
    Nuclear fallout doesn't filter through the northern hemisphere to southern hemisphere or visa versa. So if a nuclear warhead impacts Australia it will have no effect on the US other than a shot across their bows.
    If the United States retaliated and aimed at North Korea the prevailing winds would circle the northern hemisphere including their own homeland.
    We know that the United States is very happy to fight wars on foreign land so we seriously need to make every effort to make Trump aware that we ARE allies.
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    2:41pm
    Trump will have in on toast.
    Old Geezer
    26th Apr 2017
    4:23pm
    Yes sir, yes sir and three bags full sir.
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    4:35pm
    He'll (Turnbull)sneak across the border (Canada) to cuddle up to his good friend and fellow globalist Trudeau.

    26th Apr 2017
    5:54pm
    The answer to the question I would like to know is who is supplying this idiot in North Korea with his uranium??? Sanctions should be imposed on that country first and foremost!! As for dealing with the boy wonder from NK - remember a bloke called Chamberlain and his little piece of paper and his (in)famous statement - there will be peace in our time?? Yeah, right! We must learn from history and not repeat those same mistakes - nobody (sane) wants a war, but there is a time for flight, and a time for fight. I know what the current situation demands.
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    5:57pm
    Maybe Australia is the supplier, is that possible? Chamberlain a man best forgotten. Fight is beckoning.
    niemakawa
    26th Apr 2017
    6:03pm
    I understand that NK has plentiful uranium deposits within its borders. But it must get help to refine it?
    Rosret
    26th Apr 2017
    6:43pm
    It is not time for a fight. The Chinese know what they are doing and they aren't using aggression. Neither Australia nor the USA trade with North Korea. China does. They can impose embargoes. As their immediate neighbours don't you think China knows how to handle this better than the US.
    Tom Tank
    26th Apr 2017
    9:58pm
    Those who seem keen to take on North Korea seem to overlook the cost to South Korea who would suffer greatly before the North were beaten. In the space of about 24 hours Seoul would be blasted into rubble. The city is within range of NK artillery and make no mistake with the mass of heavy guns NK have on the border Seoul would take a pounding.
    Having been in Korea a couple of years ago and visited the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ in American speak) it is a scary place. Seoul itself is a very nice, very large city, with really friendly people.
    The leaders on the U.S. and NK are on a par with regards to unstable personalities and if left to them we would really be in deep trouble. War is the result of a failure by politicians to find a solution to the problems but they must want to find an acceptable solution. Uttering threats and brandishing military muscle could very well make matters worse. In this case China most likely will be the avenue to a solution and the past statements by Trump about China would not be helpful. Time to keep our fingers crossed that sanity prevails.
    KSS
    27th Apr 2017
    6:36am
    Unfortunately Tom Tank, Mr Kim is not listening and sanity seems sadly lacking in his world.