04 May 2017

News Story: Australian PM embarks U.S. trip to mend relations, discuss regional security

by Matt Walsh

CANBERRA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will depart for a whirlwind trip to the United States on Wednesday, during which he will meet U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time since Trump took office.

The meeting between the two leaders will take place in Trump's hometown of New York, on the deck of World War II-era aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid, as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, during which Australian and U.S. forces repelled Japanese Imperial Army.

Turnbull will be required back in Australia before the weekend to finalize details of the nation's federal budget, set to be handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday, but said the "flying visit" to the U.S. would involve discussion about regional issues and trade.

Turnbull and Trump had an infamous phone call in January, which Trump labeled as his "worst" of the day and reportedly cut short the scheduled one-hour telephone conversation to 25 minutes.

Turnbull before embarking his U.S. trip brushed off concerns that the relationship between the two leaders was already strained following the fallout to the phone call.

Read the full story at Xinhua