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Australia Scott Morrison dismisses report he wanted Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to attend events during US state visit

07:30  22 september  2019
07:30  22 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Hockey praises Trump ahead of Morrison visit Ambassador of Australia to the United States Joe Hockey has praised President Donald Trump ahead of Scott Morrison’s state visit, but he has advised the prime minister to avoid becoming too "casual" with the relationship. In an interview on Paul Murray Live, Mr Hockey noted the president’s ability to meet his election promises. Mr Morrison will head to Washington DC for the first state visit to the US by an Australian prime minister since John Howard in 2006 and will be given the rare privilege of a state dinner at the White House.

Prime minister dismisses reports he lobbied unsuccessfully to have Brian Houston attend state Morrison attended the opening session of the Hillsong annual conference with his wife, Jenny They are regulars at the event . Morrison told worshippers this year Australia needed more prayer and

The one guest Scott Morrison WASN'T allowed to bring: How the White House vetoed Prime Scott Morrison attended state dinner with President Trump at White House He had requested Hillsong pastor , Brian Houston , join him but was denied Mr Morrison asked for Brian Houston to join him on the official visit with US President Donald

Scott Morrison has dismissed, yet not denied, what he called "gossip" about Hillsong pastor Brian Houston.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the Prime Minister had wanted Mr Houston to be with him at some events during his current state visit to the United States, but the request was rejected by White House officials during the planning process.

When asked questions about whether the report was true, Mr Morrison did not dispute the facts of the story.

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Lachlan Murdoch and Gina Rinehart among state dinner guests but Brian Houston ’s attendance Scott Morrison capped-off a frenetic day in Washington, where he was feted and challenged in equal The Wall Street Journal revealed Morrison had wanted the Hillsong Church pastor Brian

Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly wanted Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to be part of his delegation to the United States but was rebuffed by the Trump administration. The Australian government put forward Mr Houston as an attendee for the official state dinner at the White House

Mr Morrison and wife Jenny at the Horizon Church at Sutherland in Sydney. © AAP: Mick Tsikas Mr Morrison and wife Jenny at the Horizon Church at Sutherland in Sydney. "I don't comment on gossip, honestly," he said.

"It's all gossip."

When repeatedly asked to clarify what he meant by "gossip", he added:

"I think I've answered the question."

Mr Houston rejected the story about his apparent White House snub. © AAP: Paul Miller Mr Houston rejected the story about his apparent White House snub.

The Prime Minister's office had earlier said all invitations to Friday night's state dinner in the White House rose garden were issued at the discretion of the hosts.

However, for this sort of large, carefully stage-managed formal event it is standard for guest lists to be discussed by officials on both sides ahead of time.

Mr Houston, the founder of the Hillsong Church, was censured by the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Hillsong head dismisses US rejection claim

  Hillsong head dismisses US rejection claim Hillsong founder Brian Houston has backed Scott Morrison in dismissing claims he was invited to accompany the PM to Washington.The Wall Street Journal reported that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had sought an invitation for Hillsong founder Brian Houston to join him at events that were part of the official state visit to Washington this week, but was knocked back by the White House.

The glow of the state visit was dimmed by reports the White House rejected the PM's request for Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to accompany the delegation. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Donald Trump at the White House during a rare state visit for the Australian leader.

Brett Sengstock waives anonymity to accuse Hillsong founder of failing victims by not reporting pastor Frank Houston to police.

It found Mr Houston had failed a victim by not reporting allegations against his father, Frank, to police. Frank Houston, who died in 2004, confessed to sexually abusing a boy in New Zealand.

The younger Mr Houston has had a long relationship with the Prime Minister.

Mr Morrison addressed the opening of the evangelical church's annual conference weeks after his election win earlier this year.

He and his wife, Jenny, have often attended the event. They are members of a different Pentecostal Christian church.

On Twitter and in a statement, Mr Houston rejected the story about his apparent White House snub and said he never had any plans to be in Washington.

"The PM never contacted me about this and I know nothing about it," he wrote.

"As far as I'm concerned this is a baseless rumour and totally false news.

"Attempts to link this untrue story to the royal commission are unconscionable."

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The Scott Morrison 's office previously said that invitations to the state dinner were at the discretion of the White House. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed the “gossip” about whether he put forward Hillsong church leader Brian Houston to join him at events in Washington DC, only for US

While Morrison no longer attends Hillsong , he does attend Horizon — another In 2015, Brian Houston was censured by the Child Abuse Royal Commission for failing to report his Morrison and his Pastor must have been aware for some time of Frank Houston ’s alleged crimes against children

Several senior members of the Trump administration describe themselves as conservative Christians and the US cabinet even has a White House bible study group.

Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly are members.

They also occasionally speak about their religious faith in public.

For example, during an interview with a Christian broadcaster in March, Mr Pompeo said it was "possible" that President Trump was sent by God to save Israel from Iran.

In Photos: State Dinner at the White House


Donald Trump asked Scott Morrison to help discredit Mueller probe .
Details of the phone call were resticted to only a select number of senior officials, mirroring the handing of Trump's controversial phone call with Ukrainian President © AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Donald Trump walks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Details of the phone call were restricted to only a select number of senior officials, mirroring the handing of Trump's controversial phone call with the President of Ukraine, The Times reported.

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