Donald Trump has revealed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny made quite an impression on him on the red carpet in Washington.
The former nurse struck up quite a rapport with the US President in the lead-up to the state dinner in the White House rose garden – the first for an Australian PM in 13 years.
Her down-to-earth charm and fashion diplomacy in a $599 french navy Illicit Dress, by Australian fashion label Ginger & Smart, particularly impressed the leader of the free world.
‘Jennifer, his wife, is somebody that loves your country very much, I can tell you that,’ President Trump told Sky News presenter Paul Murray on Saturday morning, Australian time. ‘We spoke for a while and she truly loves your country.’
Donald Trump has revealed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife Jenny made quite an impression on him on the red carpet in Washington (she is pictured wearing a $599 french navy Illicit Dress, by Australian fashion label Ginger & Smart)
At the state dinner afterwards, Mrs Morrison dazzled in a black Carla Zampatti Royal Engagement halter gown with sequins that sells for $1,099 in Australia.
She had earlier worn another black Carla Zampatti number, this time a $1,000 Everlasting Love jumpsuit, as she emerged from the prime ministerial ‘Shark One’ plane in the United States.
Mrs Morrison is rather fond of Carla Zampatti outfits, at least when she is meeting with US First Lady Melania Trump.
Last month, she wore the designer’s blush pink halter blouse with ivory trousers in France for the G7 summit at Biarritz.
Fashion queen Carla Zampatti, 77, praised the prime minister’s wife for her choice of fashion.
‘Mrs. Morrison has been a great supporter of Australian fashion and I am most thrilled that she arrived in Washington in one of my signature jumpsuits which are a perfect choice for travelling and arriving in style,’ she said.
President Trump and Mr Morrison both won elections, as conservative leaders campaigning against big-city cultural elites and media insiders, despite opinion poll predictions they would lose.
‘Scott’s a very strong man, a very good man and I think he’s someone very much respected in your country and he had the kind of election I had so we have something in common,’ he said
The former nurse struck up quite a rapport with the US President in the lead-up to the state dinner in the White House rose garden
‘It’s a little bit of a surprise and it was a very big victory.’
Both leaders were only narrowly elected, however, with President Trump having a small victory in the electoral college in November 2016 over his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton, despite losing the popular vote.
Mr Morrison’s Coalition government was re-elected for a third consecutive term in May, after losing 55 consecutive Newspolls.
The Liberal and National parties retained power with a one seat majority in the House of Representatives but the government picked up five electorates from Labor.
The two world leaders also hail from their nation’s biggest cities, with President Trump from New York while Mr Morrison is a Sydney native.
Despite those origins, they both won over voters in smaller and medium states, with President Trump winning Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania as Mr Morrison wooed electors in Queensland and Tasmania.
Mrs Morrison is rather fond of Carla Zampatti outfits, at least when she is meeting with US First Lady Melania Trump (she is pictured wearing a Carla Zampatti Royal Engagement halter gown with sequins that sells for $1,099 in Australia)
Last month, she wore a blush pink halter blouse with ivory trousers in France for the G7 summit at Biarritz
President Trump was diplomatic about Mr Morrison’s Liberal predecessor Malcolm Turnbull, despite having a terse phone conservation with him in January 2017 about a refugee swap deal he had signed with the previous American commander-in-chief Barack Obama.
‘I like Malcolm very much but I’ll tell you Scott is – and I really think they’re both very good people – but I’ve developed a very special relationship with Scott,’ he said.
President Trump also had words of caution about China, Australia’s biggest trading partner.
‘We’ve paid China hundreds of billions of dollars a year, much more than we should have,’ he said.
‘Other presidents should have done something about this.’
Unlike the United States, Australia exports a lot more to China than it imports, thanks largely to strong demand for iron ore and coal.
President Trump and Mr Morrison both won elections, as conservative leaders, despite opinion poll predictions they would lose
Conversely, China has a huge trade surplus with the US, leading to a trade war on manufactured goods and intellectual property.
This has seen $US300billion worth of new American tariffs this month imposed on Chinese imports.
When it came to visiting Australia, President Trump indicated he wanted to fly over in December if his schedule allowed him to see the President’s Cup in Melbourne.
‘I’ll be there and I know you have the President’s Cup coming and that’s exciting,’ he said. ‘But I’ll be there pretty soon.’
This visit would make the sixth sitting American president to visit Australia, following Lyndon Johnson, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.