Australian PM heads to USA for talks with Trump, governors

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Earlier, before meeting the United States president, Donald Trump, at the White House, Turnbull said he was looking forward to working with the new leader of the National party after the resignation of Barnaby Joyce.

Melania and Donald Trump pose with Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull on the steps of the White House.

"We will hopefully follow in your footsteps", Trump, talking about immigration policies, said.

Trump threw the original 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership into limbo past year when he withdrew the United States to concentrate on protecting U.S.jobs.

The remaining 11 members published an amended agreement on Wednesday that suspends or changes more than 20 provisions from the original pact, many of which had been inserted into the "TPP 12" at the insistence of USA negotiators.

China's rising global power was also on the agenda for the White House talks with Turnbull.

The United States is Australia's most important security partner, while China is Australia's biggest trading partner.

Turnbull lauded 100 years of "mateship" between the two counties dating back to the 1918 Battle of the Hamel, where soldiers from the United States and Australia fought side-by-side in France during World War I. "But. that is not accurate".

When asked about gun control policies and arming teachers with guns in the wake of the Florida school shooting, Mr Turnbull said he was "satisfied" with Australia's gun laws. He mentioned he plans to go "very powerful on gun [background] checks" and said "we are going to get rid of bump stocks", which allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.

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Turnbull's visit to the White House follows tense interactions between the two leaders a year ago, when they clashed over a refugee swap deal.

Australia's system has been held up by many as an example of how gun controls in the United States should be tightened.

"The relationship we have with Australia is a terrific relationship and probably stronger now than ever before, maybe because of our relationship, our friendship", Trump remarked after the awkward silence.

Turnbull said that he intends to offer Trump his "deepest condolences" for last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., about 30 miles outside Fort Lauderdale.

Mr Trump later tweeted his support for the Secret Service's work.

"What a great example of a hundred years of mateship", he said, referring to when the USA and Australia first fought together in World War I.

Turnbull and executives from several Australian pension funds will address a meeting of USA governors on Saturday.

While in Washington, Turnbull will address the US National Governors' Association. Canberra is Australia's capital.

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