Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) leaves the NYPD headquarters in downtown New York with William F Sweeney, New York FBI assistant director.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) leaves the NYPD headquarters in downtown New York with William F Sweeney, New York FBI assistant director. Nathan Edwards

Trump delays Turnbull meeting after healthcare bill win

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has delayed his first one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after scoring his first big win in Congress.

The two leaders were scheduled to meet for the first time in New York about 4pm Thursday, US time, but the face-to-face has been delayed by about three hours, after the US House of Representatives passed a Bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told The Hill that the President would remain in Washington later than scheduled for "meetings".

Mr Turnbull is expected to spend about 15 minutes alone with Mr Trump.

The New York meeting will be the first time they've spoken since their notorious phone call in late January, when Mr Trump reportedly scolded Mr Turnbull over a refugee swap deal.

However, Mr Trump is likely to be in better spirits after his landmark bill passed the House, 217-213.

Their one-on-one was expected to be followed by a 45-minute bilateral meeting between the US and Australia, where Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull would be joined by other officials.

The two meetings are now likely to be held closer to the time of an exclusive dinner, to be attended by Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump, aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, docked on the Hudson River. The event is being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Earlier Thursday, Mr Turnbull toured the hi-tech Manhattan headquarters of the New York Police Department, which keeps a close eye on the metropolis via more than 10,000 CCTV cameras.

The PM said he was "very impressed by the vision".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tours the NYPD Joint Operations Center.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tours the NYPD Joint Operations Center. Nathan Edwards

Mr Turnbull then walked a few blocks to a federal government building where he met with Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the US Pacific Command, which works closely with the Australian Navy.

Thursday night's event is the first time Mr Trump has visited New York, his home town, since his inauguration.

Protests are expected at both the USS Intrepid and the President's building Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Mr Trump told reporters in Washington Thursday afternoon that he was "very confident" the healthcare bill would pass the Senate and that the cost of premiums for Americans would be lower.

News Corp Australia

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