Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump at the White House in the US capital city of Washington DC this weekend — and he will get the red-carpet treatment*.
Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy will receive a ceremonial* welcome from the President and First Lady Melania Trump tonight (Australian time), which has been described as the most significant honour awarded to an Australian PM since former leader John Howard visited in 2006.
The Australians are staying at Blair House, the official White House guesthouse.
Normally visiting leaders are offered the historic home opposite the White House for two nights, but the Turnbulls will stay at the residence for three nights.
The unusual offer is a sign that Mr Trump has buried past tensions with Mr Turnbull, just over a year after their well-known phone call in which an angry Mr Trump blasted Mr Turnbull over a deal struck between the Australian Government and outgoing US president Barack Obama.
The agreement meant refugees* from Nauru and Manus Island would be sent to live in the US in a move Mr Trump described as “the worst deal ever”.
Mr Trump reluctantly* agreed to go ahead with the agreement.
Before boarding his plane to the US this week Mr Turnbull said the fiery* first meeting was no longer an issue and they had moved past it.
“We get on very well,” the Prime Minister said of he and Mr Trump. “We’ve got a great relationship,” he told Sky News.
The highlight of the trip will be the one-on-one meeting with Mr Trump inside the Oval Office, followed by a working lunch between the two leaders.
The two leaders will talk about strengthening economic* links and the long-term protection of our two countries.
Meanwhile, Mrs Turnbull will enjoy a White House lunch with Mrs Trump.
Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull will then hold a joint press conference in the White House’s East Room to reveal to the world’s media some of what they discussed.
red-carpet treatment: special treatment for a person of importance
ceremonial: part of a ceremony
refugees: people forced to leave their homes or country, usually because of war or their beliefs
reluctantly: you don’t really want to do something
economic: to do with money or trade
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1. Positive relationships
Maintaining positive relationships between countries is important for many reasons.
Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull’s initial phone conversation was not a positive one. Why not? What was the issue?
Mr Turnbull claims that he and Mr Trump have moved past their initial differences– what evidence from the article supports this?
Make a list of reasons why countries, and therefore leaders of those countries should be ‘friendly’.
Extension: Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull will have a list of questions and discussions to be had with the US President, Mr Trump about strengthening economic links and protecting our countries.
If you were in Mr Turnbull’s position what would you like to discuss with the US President? You may like to discuss political issues or chat about more personal topics.
Time: Allow 20 minutes.
Curriculum links: English, Humanities -Civics and Citizenship
2. Red carpet treatment
Mr Turnbull and his wife will receive the ‘red-carpet treatment’ and a ceremonial welcome. What do you think this means?
If you were hosting an international leader such as Mr Trump, in our capital – Canberra — what would you do to make them feel welcome? It would be a good opportunity to showcase some Australian culture and history. Write an itinerary of what you would include for their three-day visit. Where would you take them?, what would they eaat? Don’t forget to include time for political discussions.
Extension: Mr Turnbull will meet with President Mr Trump at ‘The White House’. This is where the President of the United States lives and works. Find out some interesting facts about the White House. For example; where, when and by whom was it built, what historical events have happened there.
Time: Allow 30 minutes.
Curriculum links: English, Humanities – Civics and Citizenship, History, Personal and Social Capabilities
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.
Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP
IN ONE SENTENCE, DESCRIBE WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT TODAY’S STORY
Please do not use one-word answers. Explain the things you found interesting about the article. Use lots of adjectives.