U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration would honour a controversial refugee deal with Australia in a joint press conference with the country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday (April 22) that the Trump administration would honour a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as "dumb". Speaking at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, that although the United States will honour the agreement, they don't 'admire' it. Malcolm Turnbull in turn thanked the United States for their 'strong commitment' in maintaining 'peace and stability' in the region. Pence was speaking on the final leg of a 10-day tour of the Asia-Pacific region that had already taken him to South Korea, Japan and Indonesia. His trip to Australia is the first by a senior official in the Trump administration as the United States looks to strengthen economic ties and security cooperation amid disputes in the South China Sea and tension on the Korean peninsula