Pence sought to defuse any tension arising from an acrimonious phone call early in Trump’s term with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about refugees.
Pence, who is on a tour of Asia Pacific countries to unite them against North Korea, said that no show of violence by the North would be condoned by the US.
Pence is on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour intended to show US’s allies, and remind its adversaries, that the Trump administration is not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.
Pence’s Seoul stop kicks off a long-planned ten-day trip to Asia – his first as vice president – and comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.
Trump’s budget outline is a bare-bones plan covering just “discretionary” spending for the 2018 fiscal year starting on October 1.
Obama said the free-wheeling Trump could not be as outspoken as he was during the long and bitter campaign that ended last week with the Republican’s surprise win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
He also wants to encourage lawmakers to create a government-run health insurance option to help US states where there is little or no competition among private insurers.
A day before the US president was supposed to meet his Philippine counterpart, Duterte told the press that Obama is a “son of a bitch.”
Obama will start his talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow, but expectations are low as the countries have failed to narrow their main differences.
Without naming names, Obama responded to a suggestion from Newt Gingrich, a former Republican speaker, who said a religious test was needed for Muslims in America, deporting them if they believe in Sharia law.
Obama decried the clashes between supporters of Donald Trump and protesters at a rally on June 2, saying that “there’s no room for violence”.
The time and energy put into the visits to London and Germany signaled Obama’s affection and trust for two leaders who have stood with him through his toughest economic and foreign policy decisions.