The White House vetoed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison from bringing Hillsong church's global pastor Brian Houston with him during his visit to the United States. According to reports. Mr Morrison asked for Brian Houston to join him on the official visit with US President Donald Trump but was told by White House staff that Mr Houston was not invited, the Wall Street Journal reported.
When asked questions about whether the report was true, Morrison did not dispute the facts of the story. "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."
On Twitter and in a statement, 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."
Some believed that Houston was vetoed off the guest list because he was still under invesitgation over his handling of the sex crimes committed by his father, Frank Houston.
In July, NSW police confirmed "the matter continues to be investigated by officers attached to The Hills Police Area Command".
"No further comment will be made while the investigation is ongoing," police said.