US Vice President Mike Pence has announced Washington’s readiness to honor a bilateral agreement between Australia and the United States concerning refugees landing in the country, unveiling further inconsistency in the Trump administration’ policies.
During the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump had described a deal to accept the refugees from Australia as “dumb”.
According to a Washington Post report in February, Trump had blasted the bilateral refugee agreement between the Obama administration and Australia as “the worst deal ever”.
In a shift of policy, however, Pence said during his current visit to Sydney on Saturday that the Trump administration would stick with the agreement reached with the Obama administration.
“Let me make it clear the United States intends to honor the agreement,” Pence said.
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