Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pence in Australia


SYDNEY — More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will work to smooth over any lingering hard feelings.

Mr. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Mr. Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia alliance and laying out the new priorities for the Pacific Rim.

Australia was unhappy with Mr. Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnershi­p trade pact. Then, Mr. Trump and Mr. Turnbull had a contentiou­s phone call in January over a refugee resettleme­nt deal struck by the Obama administra­tion.

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