Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump dispute

SYDNEY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Australia today the U.S. remains committed to the countries’ longtime alliance, as he tried to patch up relations left frayed when President Donald Trump got into a spat with Australia’s leader over a refugee resettlement deal.

Pence met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders in Sydney as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to the Pacific Rim. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia alliance.

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