The cost of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Australian taxpayer and to local businesses has not yet been released.
Discussions on the table have focused heavily on North Korea with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull telling reporters in Sydney the American line that “the eyes of the world are on Beijing.” Pence congratulated the PM for calling out China, one of Australia’s largest trade partners, to do more.
— Emilie (@paintsandsings) April 22, 2017
[caption id="attachment_41460" align="alignleft" width="650"] Waiting for US Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade to leave, Sydney, Australia, 22 April 2017.Source: News Corp Australia[/caption]
“While all options are on the table, let me assure you the United States will continue to work closely with Australia, our other allies in the region and China to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime,” Mr Pence said in Sydney.
Confirmation occurred that the US has agreed to honor the refugee settlement deal that was made with former president Barack Obama last year. Something that Trump called a “bad deal” previously. PM Turnbull has also agreed to support POTUS’ and “stand firm” with the United States and to “stand strong in the face of North Korea,” Pence tweeted.
— Liam O’Neill (@shootin4love) April 22, 2017
North Korea has threatened Australia this week with nuclear warfare if the Australian government continues to ally itself with the United States.
“If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK,” the North Korean state-run KCNA reported.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) April 22, 2017