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VPOTUS pool report 2 - Turnbull/VPOTUS quotes
Andrew Beatty • Agence France-Presse
April 22, 2017: 10:55 AM


After a photo op with VPOTUS and the Governor General, your pool was led back into the same room inside the official residence where VPOTUS and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were already shaking hands.

The prime minister said something that was not fully audible to your pooler about looking forward to a good meeting. We were then led out.

Just before 10:30 we were led into a dinning room where US and Australian delegations sat either side of a long table, with VPOTUS and the PM siting at the center.

PM Turnbull opened with remarks saying "we are very honored that you are here so early in the term of your new Trump administration, the earliest visit by a Vice President in the term of a new administration in history."

"We recognize that, more than ever, that represents your commitment to our alliance."

Australia has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States since World War I, he said.

"Since then, as you know, and as the president and I discussed, Australia has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in every major conflict in 99 years."

The VPOTUS said he had spoken to President Trump this morning and that the president sent along his "very best regards."

The visit, he said, was "to reaffirm the strong historic alliance between the United States of America and Australia."

He then mentioned soldiers who were fighting shoulder to shoulder together in Iraq and Afghanistan.

VPOTUS added that in military theaters he had visited he could not remember a time at which he didn't also see the Australian flag.

He then joked that Mr Pence enjoyed meeting the PM's grandkids, adding that they didn't have any of their own yet.

Turnbull joked that the Pence family had handled the kids very well and were welcome to babysit at any time.

You pool is now holding for the press conference which is open press.



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