Senators introduce resolution in support of Australia after Trump call
Breaking: Two Republicans (Rubio & Alexander) join two Dems on resolution in support of Australia. Implicit rebuttal to Trump’s phone call pic.twitter.com/jRopKd0lo8
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) February 6, 2017
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 McCain (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (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.
Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced an identical resolution in the House.