U.S. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Friday, September 20, welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jennifer to the White House.

The two leaders will spend the day occupied with meetings, a joint press conference, followed with a lavish state dinner, the second one during Trump's presidency.

The welcoming ceremony includes a 19-gun salute, inspection of troops, and Marine Band performances of the national anthem of both countries.

President Trump commends the close friendship between the United States and Australia in his welcome speech.

[Donald Trump, U.S. President]: "Prime Minister Morrison, Mrs. Morrison, members of the Australian delegation and distinguished guests, today we celebrate the long-cherished and unwavering friendship between the United States and Australia. The First Lady and I are honored to welcome you and Jennifer to the White House and we look forward to hosting you for a state dinner tonight in the Rose Garden. It will be quite something."

The U.S. president highlights the staunch alliance between the two nations.

[Donald Trump, U.S. President]:

"Every shared endeavor, we have shown the world what it truly means to be friends, mates, and allies. As we begin the next century of our truly extraordinary partnership, I know that America and Australia will remain forever united in defense of our liberty, our sovereignty, and our most treasured values."

Morrison reiterates and affirms the strong ties in his response.

[Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister]:

"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, the same unbreakable bond that has defined the first century of mateship."