Senators introduce resolution in support of Australia after Trump call

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 Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (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 Alexander (R-Tenn.) said from the Senate floor. 
{mosads}”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 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.

Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chris Coons (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. 

Tags Ben Cardin Bob Corker Chris Coons Dick Durbin Ed Markey Jeanne Shaheen John McCain Lamar Alexander Marco Rubio Roy Blunt

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