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.