STATE DINNER: POTUS, FLOTUS host Australian PM in the Rose Garden

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Published on 21 Sep 2019, 1:39
President Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and guests dined on Dover sole and summer squash as U.S. military bands fill the air with music in the green- and gold-themed Rose Garden Friday night -- only the second state dinner of the Trump White House.

“The first lady and I are honored to welcome you and Jennifer to the White House, and we look forward to hosting you for a state dinner tonight in the Rose Garden,” the president told Morrison during a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony Friday. “It will be quite something.”

According to the first lady’s office, which planned the dinner, the colors for the visit are green and gold, Australia’s national colors. Unlike state dinners past, this one was held outdoors, under a crisp autumn sky.

The White House said the evening’s performance will include musical groups from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

The menu also included sunchoke ravioli with reggiano cream and shaved summer vegetables; Dover sole roasted whole and then fileted and accented with fennel mousseline; and green and yellow summer squash blossoms, picked Thursday. The dessert: lady apple tart with calvados ice cream.

For wine, guests were served a Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017 out of the Napa Valley and the Argyle Pinot Noir “Reserve” 2016 from Australia.

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