Donald Trump to host Malcolm Turnbull at White House on February 23

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet with US President Donald Trump in the White House later this month.

The White House has confirmed the visit between the two leaders will take place on February 23.

In a statement, it said Mr Trump was looking forward to further enhancing his country’s partnership and alliance with Australia.

“The President and Prime Minister will discuss a range of shared bilateral, regional, and global priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth, and expanding security and defence cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said.

The statement was issued a year to the day since a controversial phone call between the two leaders was leaked by US media.

According to The Washington Post, Mr Trump claimed the refugee resettlement deal struck with former US president Barack Obama was “the worst deal ever” before he abruptly ended the call.

In the end, Mr Trump decided to honour the agreement.

Mr Trump and Mr Malcolm Turnbull apparently smoothed over their differences in a face-to-face meeting in New York in May, with the President declaring they “get along great”.

The pair last met in November on the sidelines of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila.

The meeting included Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the three leaders discussed trade issues and the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.

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