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Trumps host Australian prime minister for rare state dinner in Rose Garden

A table is set during a media preview for the State Dinner with President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Rose Garden on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and guests will dine 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 is to be held outdoors, under a crisp autumn sky.

FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP UNVEILS WHITE HOUSE RESTORATION PROJECTS BEFORE STATE VISIT

State dinner menu

    First Course

    Sunchoke ravioli

    Reggiano cream

    Shaved summer vegetables

    Main Course

    Dover sole with parsley crisps

    Zucchini squash blossoms

    Fennel mousseline

    Baby garlic rouille

    Dessert

    Lady apple tart

    Calvados ice cream

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

The menu will include 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 are being served a Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017 out of the Napa Valley and the Argyle Pinot Noir “Reserve” 2016 from Australia.

The full guest list and first lady’s gown details will be released at the beginning of the dinner, the White House said.

Australian pro golfer Greg Norman, a friend and occasional golf partner of Trump's, is among the invited guests. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is among members of Congress who accepted a coveted invitation.

A table is set during a media preview for the state dinner (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A table is set during a media preview for the state dinner (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman and CEO of FOX Corp., will also attend.

Friday's will be just the second state dinner of Trump's administration and the first in more than a year. By comparison, he's had state visits to Japan and Britain this year, in addition to other such visits in his first two years in office, including one to Beijing, billed by China as a "state visit, plus."

As he arrived in Washington on Thursday night, Morrison said he looked forward to celebrating 100 years of "mateship" between the U.S. and Australia.

President Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny Morrison, on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny Morrison, on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

"There are many larger, I suppose, more powerful friends that America has, but they know that they do not have a more sure and steadfast friend than Australia," he told reporters who accompanied him to Washington. "And so I'm looking forward to spending time with our American friends here over the next few days and celebrating our tremendous relationship."

Trump and Morrison will spend part of Sunday together when they tour a new, Australian-owned manufacturing facility in Ohio.

Beyond socializing, the leaders held talks Friday on military, intelligence and economic issues, focusing on the Indo-Pacific region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas Fox News

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