Donald Trump To Visit Australia In November On APEC Tour: Report
It's increasingly likely that the US President will visit Australia in November.
What you need to know
- Donald Trump is reportedly considering a trip to Australia in November
- The visit would be part of Trump's tour to the APEC summit in PNG
- If it eventuates, it would be Trump's first trip to Australia as president
US President Donald Trump could be headed to Australia later this year, with speculation mounting he could make a whirlwind visit ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' summit in Papua New Guinea in November.
Trump is one of several world leaders said to be considering touching down in Australia before the APEC summit in PNG on November 17 and 18.
According to The Australian Newspaper, Trump is weighing up visiting Sydney, Canberra and Cairns although nothing is said to have been “locked in” yet.
Another option could be for Trump to land in Brisbane, before making his way north to PNG, media reports suggest.
If it eventuates, the trip would be Trump's first Aussie visit as president although his deputy Mike Pence made a visit in April last year.
Federal cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said any president of the United States would be welcome in Australia, despite a high chance of protests.
“We have 100 years of mateship with the United States this year, of course we would welcome him here,” Mr Pyne told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.
“There's almost always protests when an American president visits Australia.”
Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek was more muted in her support for the visitn, saying the Australia-US relationship was important for national security.
“That doesn't mean that we should be unquestioning allies,” she told reporters in Sydney.
“We will always make foreign policy decisions based on our own national interests.”
The rumours come as families in the US begin to be reunited after Trump reversed his policy to separate parents and children accused of entering the United States illegally.
Trump was facing pressure from within his own party to roll back to measures. with some Republicans worried about a voter backlash. The White House now says around 500 children separated from their parents under the policy have been reunited.
Trump's backflip follows a striking image on the cover of an upcoming Time Magazine issue showing the US President and a little girl.
In the stark photo illustration, the huge figure of Trump looms over the weeping child -- the subject of a photo by by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore.
Since becoming public, the father of the girl featured in the photo has told media that she wasn't actually separated from her mother, sparking debate about the legitimacy of the image.