Donald Trump to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are due to meet soon.
United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are due to meet soon.PHOTOS: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States President Donald Trump will meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York on Thursday (May 4) for their first face-to-face talks since an acrimonious phone call about refugees early in Mr Trump's term.

Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull are to hold their meeting aboard the USS Intrepid, a World War II aircraft carrier that was turned into a museum and is moored on Manhattan's west side. They will also attend a black-tie dinner on the ship commemorating the 75th anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea.

Mr Turnbull was one of the first foreign leaders Mr Trump spoke to after taking office on Jan 20. The Republican president became irritated that he was expected to honour an agreement made by his Democratic predecessor, Mr Barack Obama, to accept 1,250 refugees.

Mr Trump broke off what was supposed to be an hour-long call after 25 minutes and later tweeted that it was a "dumb deal" and vowed to study it.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Australia in April and made clear that while Mr Trump was not happy about it, the US would honour the agreement out of respect for Australia, one of Washington's staunchest allies.

Mr Pence sought to put any sense of lingering tension to rest during his visit, which included meetings with Mr Turnbull and other government officials.

A senior administration official said Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull were expected to discuss Asia-Pacific security, including the nuclear and ballistic missile threat from North Korea as well as issues surrounding China.

It will be Mr Trump's first trip back to New York, where he made his name and fortune, since the former real estate executive moved into the White House in January. He does not plan to stay overnight at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, but is expected to go afterwards to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Mr Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast last weekend that he was not comfortable with the high costs of maintaining security for him in Manhattan.