Trump and Trumble: Australian PM to meet US President

Trump and Trumble: Australian PM to meet US President
Trump and Trumble: Australian PM to meet US President
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26 April, 2017

Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday that he is looking forward to meeting soon with US President Donald Trump, three months after their heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era refugee deal.

The New York trip follows Mr Turnbull's pre-Anzac Day visit to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he met US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

During his visit to Australia at the weekend US Vice-President Mike Pence briefed Turnbull on the new administration's defence and foreign policy assessments, as tensions ramp up with North Korea.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

A regular critic and target of Mr Trump, the respected Arizona senator later called Australia's ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, to express support for the alliance, including over military and intelligence cooperation and deployment on US Marines in the Northern Territory.

"Our alliance has been forged over many decades, through times of war and times of peace, securing our nations' freedom and peace and security in the world".

Trump and Trumble: Australian PM to meet US President

Mr Trump reluctantly agreed to go ahead with the deal as long as the refugees undergo "extreme vetting".

Mr Turnbull had a tense first phone call with President Trump.

During the meeting Trump will showcase the "enduring bonds, deep friendship, and close alliance", between the United States and Australia.

Next week's meeting will be held on the hangar deck of the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that played a key role in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 - a major naval engagement in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

Late past year, Obama agreed to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in Australian-funded camps in the South Pacific, in exchange for Australia resettling refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Turnbull also announced an additional $110 million in humanitarian assistance for Iraq in an effort to help the struggling state defeat ISIS terrorists.

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