Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he addressed the Australian ambassador to express support for the countries’ relationship after a heated call from President Trump.
“I called Australia’s Ambassador to the United States this morning to express my unwavering support for the U.S.-Australia alliance,” McCain, who’s as often as possible scrutinized Trump, said in a statement.
McCain included that he asked Joe Hockey, the Australian envoy to the U.S., to “convey to the people of Australia” that Americans value their alliance, “honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote.”
The Washington Post gave an account of Wednesday that Trump lashed out at Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull amid a call last Saturday.
The president gloated about his Electoral College triumph, impacted a past arrangement between the countries to acknowledge evacuees and slice short what was relied upon to be an hourlong call, as indicated by the Post.
“This was the worst call by far,” Trump professedly told Turnbull amid their discussion, as per senior U.S.officials informed on the telephone call.
McCain, nonetheless, on Thursday focused on the significance of the U.S.- Australia relationship in his announcement, taking note of the two nations have battled in clashes together going back to World War I.
He included that the countries’ alliance is “more important than ever,” indicating their work in the Asia-Pacific locale and combating terrorism.
“In short, Australia is one of America’s oldest friends and staunchest allies. We are united by ties of family and friendship, mutual interests and common values, and shared sacrifice in wartime,” he said.