Trump scraps Australian visit

September 03, 2018

Donald Trump has cancelled any plans for a visit to Australia this year in a further sign the US administration sees little value in directly nurturing a re-shuffled Coalition government ahead of the next federal election.

Earlier this year, Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi was successful in passing a motion inviting the US President to address a joint sitting of the federal parliament.

The Australian Financial Review reports, US Vice president Mike Pence will instead attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Trump's cancellation of his trip to PNG - which was expected to include a brief visit to Australia - is also being seen as a direct snub to the APEC forum, which began in Canberra in 1989 when it was hosted by Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

The president has prioritised other overseas travel in November - including the 100th commemoration of the World War I armistice in France and the G20 trip to Buenos Aires.

The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa Senator Bernardi's invitation to the US President still stands.

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