VEEP WATCH

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence re­mains on an am­bi­tious four­na­tion over­seas tour in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion at the mo­ment, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Karen and their two daugh­ters, Au­drey and Char­lotte.

On Mon­day Mr. Pence winds down his visit to Korea and pre­pares to de­part for Tokyo, where the ever-gra­cious but In­di­ana­tough Mr. Pence will meet with Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and later con­duct the first-ever U.S.-Ja­pan Economic Di­a­logue with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Taro Aso. That sounds promis­ing; there is also a “lis­ten­ing ses­sion” on the agenda.

Mr. Pence also will bol­ster con­fi­dence that the U.S. re­mains a strong ally to the re­gion, and that the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary is on the come­back trail. To that end, Mr. Pence will have a grand tour of the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan, a 1,092-foot air­craft car­rier that can carry 90 air­craft. The motto here is “Peace through strength,” a fa­vorite of the 40th pres­i­dent him­self.

“USS Ron­ald Rea­gan is Amer­ica’s flag­ship: a vis­i­ble sym­bol of Amer­ica’s com­mit­ment to our al­lies and of our na­tion’s re­solve to main­tain in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity. We will be ready when needed, where needed to fight and win!” com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Capt. Buzz Don­nelly ad­vises crew mem­bers in the ves­sel’s guid­ing prin­ci­ples.

Mr. Pence will ad­dress that crew as well as Ja­panese ser­vice mem­bers, and then it’s off to Jakarta, In­done­sia, on Thurs­day.

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