Donald dubs Prime Minister Scott Morrison a 'man of titanium'

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny have arrived at the White House for a official state dinner in the Rose Garden. 

The couple were greeted by host U.S. President Donald and First Lady Melania. 

Mrs Morrison shone in a sparkly dark navy dress while Melania opted for a frilly light green frock.

There was a brief awkward exchange between the two wives, who were unsure of whether to shake hands or hug before they settled on a kiss on each cheek.

Jenny Morrison greets  US President Donald Trump while her Prime Minister husband and Melania Trump watched on

Jenny Morrison greets  US President Donald while her Prime Minister husband and Melania watched on

Prime minister Scott Morrison greets US First Lady Melania Trump with a kiss on the cheek while their spouses watch on

Prime minister Scott Morrison greets US First Lady Melania with a kiss on the cheek while their spouses watch on

The prime minister is just the second foreign leader to attend a U.S. state dinner during ’s administration.

Mr said they would have a great time night celebrating Australia.

'He's really something special, we had a special day,' Mr told Sky News Australia.

'Australia is a great country, beautiful place... I have a lot of friends from Australia. A very strong, great people.' 

Earlier, he dubbed Mr Morrison a 'man of titanium' in their first meeting in the president's Oval Office.

Jenny and Scott Morrison pose for photos with Donald and Melania Trump before heading into the Rose Garden for the dinner

Jenny and Scott Morrison pose for photos with Donald and Melania before heading into the Rose Garden for the dinner

In a reference to George W. Bush's 'man of steel' label for John Howard, the last Australian leader to be honoured with a full state visit to the United States, Mr picked a harder metal.

'You know, titanium's much tougher than steel,' he told reporters at the White House on Friday as Mr Morrison and their wives Melania and Jenny Morrison looked on.

'He's a man of titanium, believe me, I have to deal with this guy.

'You might think he's a nice guy, OK, he's a man of real, real strength and a great guy.'

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) has dubbed Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) a 'man of titanium' in their first meeting in the president's Oval Office.

U.S. President Donald (right) has dubbed Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) a 'man of titanium' in their first meeting in the president's Oval Office. 

While Morrison and hit it off immediately, things were somewhat frostier between Morrison's wife Jenny and First Lady Melania. 

Former model Melania, 49, looked tense as she greeted Jenny, 51, with an awkward kiss on the cheek.

The pair also looked a little uncomfortable as they stood next to each other for a photo.  

Earlier, the Trumps welcomed the Morrisons to America with full military pomp and circumstance on the South Lawn of the White House.

Jenny Morrison (left) and First Lady Melania Trump (right) stunned in blue, with Jenny wearing a royal blue frock while Melania stunned in a light power blue

Jenny Morrison (left) and First Lady Melania (right) stunned in blue, with Jenny wearing a royal blue frock while Melania stunned in a light power blue 

'Today we vow to carry on the righteous legacy of our exceptional alliance,' Mr told the gathered crowd of about 4500 people.

That alliance stretched back over more than a century of joint military operations, both leaders noted.

'From the woods of Le Hamel to the jungles of Southeast Asia to the dust of Tarin Kot in Uruzgan, and now the waters of the Strait of Hormuz, Australians and Americans have always stood together,' Mr Morrison said.

The joint operations in the waters south of Iran are a major topic of conversation for the leaders and their officials during the top-level meeting on Friday.

Mr said he thought the US had taken a 'very measured and calibrated approach' towards the Middle Eastern nation.

Melania sported a somewhat tense expression as she leaned in greet Jenny with a friendly kiss on the cheek

Melania sported a somewhat tense expression as she leaned in greet Jenny with a friendly kiss on the cheek 

Mr then repeatedly suggested he could make the call to go to war against the Middle Eastern nation right then and there with Mr Morrison and the media pack in the room.

'The easiest thing I can do, in fact I can do it while you're here, is say, 'go ahead fellas, go to them'. And that would be a very bad day for Iran,' he said, after announcing stronger economic sanctions on Iran.

Australia has so far agreed to a limited contribution to the US-led freedom of navigation operation in the Strait of Hormuz.

The talks between the leaders are also expected to encompass trade and the tensions with China, co-operation on the US plans for space missions to the moon and Mars, and rare earth exports.

'For a century we have done what true friends do - stick by each other,' Mr Morrison said at the welcome ceremony.

'Whatever lies ahead in this century, I know that Australia and the United States will go on to meet it with the same courage, the same daring, and the same unbreakable bond that has defined the first century of mateship.'

He leaves a visual reminder of this long friendship, giving Mr a statue of WWII soldier Leslie 'Bull' Allen carrying a wounded American off the battlefields of Papua New Guinea.

Trump and Morrison reviewed troops as a Marine band played

and Morrison reviewed troops as a Marine band played

The pair have spoken about Corporal Allen's story twice previously and for Mr Morrison, it symbolises the indelible bonds that tie the nations together.

Later Mr Morrison will be honoured, first with a luncheon for about 220 guests hosted by Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, and then with an official state banquet in the gardens of the White House.

He is expected to delve further into the important economic ties at the State Department lunch, noting the US has had a trade surplus with Australia - selling more Down Under than it buys - since the Truman administration.

'All US exports enter Australia tariff-free and quota-free. You can't get a better deal than that,' he will say, according to speech notes.

President welcomed Morrison to the White House on Friday, praising the 'long-cherished and unwavering friendship' and 'exceptional alliance' the two nations have enjoyed for more than a century.

First ladies Melania Trump (right) and Jenny Morrison (left) joined their husbands for the ceremony on Friday

First ladies Melania (right) and Jenny Morrison (left) joined their husbands for the ceremony on Friday

'Last year our nations commemorated '100 years of Mateship' since our gallant service members fought together in World War I,' boasted, after the two men reviewed troops, witnessed a 19-gun salute, posed for selfies with people on a rope line, hugged a few children and heard both national anthems.  

A fife and drum corps in replica Revolutionary War-era uniforms marched across the lawn, led by a drum major carrying a gleaming, sharpened pike.

highlighted 'our shared fights against the menace of fascism, communism and radical Islamic terrorism.' 

'Thanks, mate!' Morrison told him as the rare ceremony unfolded on the South Lawn. 'You won't find a more sure and steadfast friend,' he said, adding that 'Australians and Americans understand each other like few other people.'

Morrison praised the United States, saying 'the world is a better place because of this country living out its moral purpose.' 

President Trump hugs one of the children in the crowd

President hugs one of the children in the crowd

The unusual pomp at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue came at the beginning of what is just the second State Visit Trump has hosted for a foreign leader

The unusual pomp at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue came at the beginning of what is just the second State Visit has hosted for a foreign leader

The formal arrival ceremony took place ahead of bilateral meetings between President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison

The formal arrival ceremony took place ahead of bilateral meetings between President and Prime Minister Morrison

Melanie wore a pale blue, long-sleeved dress by Australian designer Scanlan Theodore that retails for $800 to the ceremony and Jenny Morrison wore a navy dress. 

A military honor guard holding American and Australian flags stood along the White House portico - waving in the morning breeze - as the leaders exchanged greetings and shook

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