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Australian PM declines to offer Trump any advice on gun control

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Donald Trump rolls out red carpet for Malcolm Turnbull at White House

Melania Trump looks golden in military style coat outside the White House

The US Secret Service tweeted a female driver crashed her auto into a security barrier of the White House complex, saying "no shots were fired during the vehicle incident near the White House".

The White House was placed on lockdown this morning after a vehicle intentionally slammed through a security barrier while President Trump met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Security surrounding the White House grounds was increased following the incident. There were no reports of any injuries.

The driver, who was not immediately named, is known to the Secret Service and is believed to have mental health issues and not believed to have intentionally targeted the president, law enforcement sources told CNN.

During the meeting at the White House, Turnbull expressed interest in investing Australia's public pension funds in USA infrastructure, according to a White House statement.

Turnbull marked Trump's entrepreneurial spirit as shared core value between the nations, further underscoring a theme carried throughout the joint remarks: "a hundred years of mateship". "This is ridiculous", Trump told Turnbull on the call.

The crash was also just several hundred metres away from Blair House, the president's guest house near the White House where Turnbull and his wife are staying.

Trump suggested he wanted to visit Australia soon and said it was "an honor to have Prime Minister Turnbull, Mrs Turnbull - friends of mine and friends of Melania's for actually quite some time".

And despite a rising tide of isolationism, Mr Turnbull argued that the U.S. was at its best when it was acting as a global leader.

Advocates for tougher gun-control laws in the USA often argue for an Australian-style response to mass shootings.

"We have secured some tax reforms, in terms of reducing company tax, but not as much as we need to do, we've got more work to do".

Mr Turnbull said he did make a compelling case to Mr Trump that Australia should not be hit by any hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the US.

The leaders reflected on the strong U.S.

In December, Trump issued an executive order urging the private sector to increase exploration of critical minerals to reduce dependence on imports, improve national security, and enhance the technological superiority and readiness of U.S. armed forces.

The meeting comes as both seek to fix a relationship damaged past year by a row over asylum seekers in which Trump lambasted Turnbull over a resettlement arrangement that he labelled a "dumb" deal.

"We're working on trade deals, we're working on military and protection and all of the things that you would think we would be discussing today".

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