Trump added, "We've been great allies for a long time".
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a welcoming ceremony for the Prime Minister of Australia at the White House.
He also said the Rose Garden state dinner "will be quite something".
The White House said the evening's performance will include musical groups from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.
The 51-year-old former model wore her hair in its usual sleek style, and opted for more dramatic make-up than her Australian counterpart.
In remarks before the three-course meal was served, Trump raised his glass to a 'very special people and a very, very special country'.
US First Lady Melania Trump stands at attention with the wife of Australian Prime Minister Jenny Morrison (L) during an Official Visit by the Australian PM at the White House in Washington, DC on September 20, 2019.
A closer look at Melania Trump and Jenny Morrison’s heels. CREDIT Shutterstock
The day began with the traditional welcome ceremony for Morrison's state visit in the South Garden of the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office while meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Washington on September 20, 2019. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), (C) and wife Gayle Conelly Manchin arrive for a state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, on September 20, 2019, in Washington.
The White House says the Trumps gave the Morrisons a custom-made leather photo album hand-inscribed with 23-karat gold and a Tiffany & Co. pewter bowl engraved with the presidential seal and the signatures of both Trumps.
It's only the second state dinner of Mr. Trump's presidency; the first was for French President Emmanuel Macron. He had said earlier today that he would love to attend the 2019 President's Cup golf tournament in Australia in December, if his schedule will allow it.
In return, Morrison praised the primary girl's "quiet grace" and toasted to 100 years of "mateship" between the US and Australia.
The two leaders were set to hold talks and face journalists at a joint news conference in the White House East Room.
Trump and Morrison will spend part of Sunday together when they tour a new, Australian-owned manufacturing facility in Ohio.
Australian pro golfer Greg Norman, a friend and occasional golf partner of Trump's, is among the invited guests.
On a big day for diplomacy, Morrison and his wife also worked in a State Department luncheon hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.