News World US President Donald Trump drops Australia off travel itinerary in November

US President Donald Trump drops Australia off travel itinerary in November

Donald Trump was expected to visit Australia in November. Photo: Getty
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US President Donald Trump will not be heading down under in November as planned later this year.

There was speculation Mr Trump would visit Australia in November as part of a tour that included stops in Singapore for the East Asia Summit and Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

The White House announced on Friday Mr Trump would be sending Vice President Mike Pence.

The White House issued a statement on Saturday (Friday local time) detailing Mr Trump’s planned overseas trips in November to France, Ireland, Argentina and Colombia.

There was no mention of Australia despite speculation back in June he would travel to Queensland, Canberra and Sydney on his way to Singapore.

“President Donald J. Trump will travel to Paris, France, to participate in a November 11 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.”

“The President’s participation in this event will highlight the sacrifices that Americans have made, not only during World War I but also in the century since, in the name of liberty.”

In late November, the White House confirmed Mr Trump will attend the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“The G20 Summit will be an opportunity for the President to highlight his pro-growth economic policies on an international stage and meet bilaterally with other key world leaders.”

And while in Colombia he will meet with the Duque administration to discuss “security, counter narcotics and regional affairs”.

The President has instead asked Vice President Mike Pence to attend the United States–Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and the East Asia Summit and then to Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

“The Vice President will highlight the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, based on respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, and the principles of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.”

Without specifically mentioning Australia, Mr Pence “looks forward to meeting with our allies and partners from across the region to advance security, prosperity, and freedom for all”.

Less than 24 hours after Scott Morrison was sworn in as prime minister, after beating Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership spill on August 24, he spoke to Mr Trump where they discussed the “importance” of a bilateral relationship and reportedly invited him to visit.

“[Mr Trump] spoke last night with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and congratulated him on his recent election,” the White House said in a statement on August 25.

“The two leaders underscored the importance of the bilateral partnership between the United States and Australia. They also pledged to continue to closely cooperate on priorities the two countries share.”