Lachlan Murdoch and Gina Rinehart among state dinner guests but Brian Houston’s attendance reportedly declined by White House

Scott Morrison capped-off a frenetic day in Washington, where he was feted and challenged in equal measure, by dining under the stars with Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House, but without a special guest he had wanted at Friday night’s state dinner.

The Wall Street Journal revealed Morrison had wanted the Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston to be a guest at the glittering black-tie function, which included special guests Lachlan Murdoch – but not his father, Rupert – the billionaire box magnate Anthony Pratt, miners Twiggy Forrest and Gina Rinehart, and the golfer Greg Norman.

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