Trump visits OH factory with Australia's prime minister, touts economy

Scott Morrison with Donald Trump at the White House

Scott Morrison with Donald Trump at the White House

Trump said he wished for a future "where proud, independent nations" like the USA and Australia can continue to prosper.

Pratt, the richest man in Australia, has pledged to invest billions of dollars in the United States to create thousands of manufacturing jobs.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and his wife Jenny at the White House today with a grand ceremony. Modi! Modi!' as he took the stage to introduce Trump as 'my friend, a friend of India, a great American president'.

"Our country and Australia are the greatest they've ever been before", he said.

Mr Morrison - who the U.S. president earlier dubbed a "man of titanium" when they met at the White House - will join Mr Trump to open billionaire businessman Anthony Pratt's newest factory in Wapakoneta, Ohio on Sunday.

Mr Trump speaks in the Oval Office while meeting with Mr Morrison.

He described the state banquet under the stars in the White House Rose Garden as "the most magnificent, spellbinding, magical night crafted out of the imagination of Mrs Trump" and said he became "a bit weepy" when Mr Trump quoted a Mary Gilmore poem.

"When this plant is fully operational, hundreds of OH workers will have full-time jobs with quality healthcare and retirement benefits and really great wages", Trump said at the plant's opening ceremony.

"Macho Man" played over the speakers as the president and PM toured the paper mill's facilities.

He also praised Trump for what he said was a "restraint" in relation to Iran.

"Today we celebrate the extraordinary economic partnership between our nations and we proudly declare that Pratt Industries and this great, great state of OH is open for business", Trump said as he addressed the cheering crowd at the new Pratt Industries plant, which was still under construction. "We created nearly 90,000 new jobs in OH, and almost a quarter of them were in manufacturing".

"The thing about Anthony, which is true of all Australians, is we keep our promises", Morrison said.

Morrison thanked the paper mill employees who were veterans in the audience and the citizens of Wapakoneta. "Jobs is what creates those choices and opportunities, so what we are celebrating here is jobs ... an economic partnership where together we are making jobs great again". "That is an fantastic achievement, Mr. President ... the reason it is happening is because people are investing, they are investing in policies that are reducing taxes ..."

"Cheers", he said on his way off the stage.

Ohioans crowded into a hot factory chanted "U.S.A. U.S.A" when Trump talked about products emblazoned with the words 'Made in America'.

A few hundred Pratt Industries employees and local supporters were on hand for the President's visit.

Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Jim Jordan were also present Sunday, and were commended by the president for "doing a great job".