#VPinAUS Day Seven: Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Australia to meet with government and business leaders
We arrived safely in Australia on Saturday to continue discussions with another key American ally in the Asia-Pacific region.
My first stop of the day was with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Australia is, and always will be, one of America’s closest allies and truest friends.
We are partners in security, we are partners in prosperity, and together we are bound by our historic alliance. And under President Donald Trump, the United States is committed to strengthening our bond for the benefit of our people, and for the benefit of our world.
As the Prime Minister and I discussed, together, our nations will continue to uphold a rules-based system that is the foundation of peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific.
I continued my day with in-depth discussions with the American and Australian business community. Today, our economic partnership is worth a staggering $1.5 trillion, and investment has grown by 50 percent in the last three years alone.
Under President Trump, I’m very pleased to pledge that the United States will continue to work together with Australia to forge even greater opportunity and prosperity for both our nations and our people.
I ended the first day in Australia meeting with other government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove. In the meetings, I underscored the United States' unwavering commitment to the U.S.-Australia alliance and to the broader Asia-Pacific region.
You can get the latest updates from my visit to Australia by now following the hashtag #VPinAUS, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. There is an album on my Facebook page with photos from the trip. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.