While Hosting Australian Leader, Trump Faces Questions on Relationship With Ukraine

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President Trump and the First Lady hosted the second state visit of the administration, welcoming the Prime Minister of Australia to the White House on Friday, September 20.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a better relationship than we have right now,” said Trump. 

According to the White House, the visit was intended to highlight the strong ties between the two countries and their common interests, among them North Korea and China as the U.S. continues to negotiate a trade deal.

“They have grown and they’ve become a substantive economy in the world. And once you sort of get into that level, then you need to able to be playing to the same rules as those other developed nations,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia. 

Trump also announced new sanctions on Iran’s central bank on Friday, in the wake of an attack on a Saudi oil facility that the U.S. has blamed on Tehran.

“They could solve the problem very easily,” said Trump. “All they have to do is stop with the terror.” 

In the midst of hosting one foreign leader, President Trump also faces questions on a whistleblower complaint regarding communication with the leader of Ukraine.

“It’s a partisan whistleblower, shouldn’t even have information. I’ve had conversations with many leaders, they’re always appropriate,” said Trump. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Director of National Intelligence to send the information on the complaint to Congress as, she noted, the law requires.