Trump, Turnbull pledge to confront N. Korea over nuclear weapons pursuits

Melania and Lucy joined the leaders for a chat in the White House. Source Getty

Melania and Lucy joined the leaders for a chat in the White House. Source Getty

Officer Milne was attached to the US Army Air Forces Number 6 Troop Carrier Squadron as a co-pilot on Dakota transports in World War II.

During a joint news conference with Turnbull, Trump said he and his Australian partner are celebrating "100 years of mateship", a century-long relationship that now includes cooperation on counter-terrorism, trade, immigration and efforts to pressure North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

In December, Trump issued an executive order urging the private sector to increase exploration of critical minerals to reduce dependence on imports, improve national security, and enhance the technological superiority and readiness of United States armed forces.

In most press conferences with foreign leaders, two questions are given to the American press, and two are given to the foreign press.

He blamed the "poor leadership" of previous USA administrations for the trade imbalance.

"We have been fighting side-by-side in freedom's cause ever since", he said. "We're going to get rid of the bump stocks and we're going to do certain other things".

President Donald Trump said Friday the United States may rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership if the pending regional free trade agreement were a "much better deal" for Washington.

"I like bilateral deals much more than multilateral - you negotiate with one country and if it doesn't work out, you terminate".

Melania and Lucy both dressed to impress for the meeting. Source Getty
Melania and Lucy both dressed to impress for the meeting. Source Getty

Both sang the praises of a more than century old relationship, with Trump picking up his guest's reference to 100 years of US-Australian "mateship - a term that you used very beautifully, Mr prime minister".

Mr Turnbull has been pressed on whether he believes President Trump should follow Australia and enact a weapons buyback program.

The Prime Minister and U-S President say their two countries share a special bond, but are very different when it comes to gun control.

"It is a completely different context historically, legally, and so forth".

Australian and United States reporters in the White House press briefing room were taken to a basement while Secret Service and other authorities investigated the incident on Friday (early Saturday AEDT).

"You have an amendment to your Constitution that deals with gun ownership".

"The prime minister is traveling with a large delegation of business leaders and he is very keen to talk trade opportunities, while China will obviously be an important element of the talks", said the Australian government official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

Before he and Turnbull met, Trump said that he expected "a lot of good things" would come from the session.

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