SYDNEY – Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings with Australia more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the country's prime minister.
Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia alliance.
The affection the longtime allies usually share for each other is rooted in decades of cooperation on defense, intelligence and trade.
But Australia was unhappy with Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Then Trump and Turnbull had a contentious phone call in January over a refugee resettlement deal struck by the previous Obama administration.