Senators are moving to shore up the U.S.-Australian relationship after reports of a contentious call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister. 
 
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: FTC reportedly settles with Facebook for B fine | Trump calls to regulate Facebook's crypto project | Court rules Pentagon can award B 'war cloud' contract | Study shows automation will hit rural areas hardest Court rules Pentagon can award B 'war cloud' contract later this summer Rubio asks White House to delay B Pentagon contract over Amazon concerns   MORE (R-Fla.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors Warren reintroduces bill mandating climate disclosures by companies Pressure mounts against EPA's new FOIA rule MORE (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan resolution on Monday "reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Australia alliance relationship." 
"I don't know what happened during last week's telephone call between the president of the United States and the prime minister of Australia," Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Republicans make U-turn on health care Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid MORE (R-Tenn.) said from the Senate floor. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
"But I do know this, the people of the United States do not have better friends than the people of Australia. We're more than friends." 

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump lashed out at Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a phone call between the leaders.

The president boasted about his Electoral College victory, blasted a previous plan under which the U.S. would accept refugees from Australia and cut short what was expected to be an hourlong call, according to the Post. 

In the wake of the call, GOP Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain argues with Andrew Yang about free marriage counseling proposal Veterans groups hand out USS John McCain shirts on National Mall during Trump speech Trump is still on track to win reelection MORE (Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (Tenn.) made phone calls to Joe Hockey, the Australian ambassador to the U.S., to voice their support of the alliance. 

The senators added in the resolution that "an alliance bond is a sacred vow of friendship and trust, and Australia has always been a faithful and reliable partner to the United States."

Alexander, whose family spent six months in Australia after he stepped down from the governor's office, praised the two countries' ties, noting they have fought together dating back to World War One.

"Today no two countries trust one another and cooperate in security agreements more than Australia and America. We trade. We visit one another," Alexander said.

Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP balks at White House push for standalone vote on debt ceiling Republicans say they're satisfied with 2020 election security after classified briefings GOP senators decline to criticize Acosta after new Epstein charges MORE (R-Mo.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinProblem Solvers Caucus co-chair calls Trump comments about progressive congresswomen 'totally unacceptable' Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party Sunday shows - Immigration raids dominate MORE (D-Ill.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran Senators urge Trump to sanction Turkey for accepting Russian missile shipment Female senators invite US women's soccer team to visit Capitol MORE (D-N.H.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip GOP chairman introduces bill to force 'comprehensive review' of US-Saudi relationship MORE (D-Del.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), are also supporting the resolution. 

Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced an identical resolution in the House.