Written by Aslam King
on February 7, 2017 - 1069 views
Senators are trying to limit any damage done to the U.S.-Australian relationship following that phone call between President Donald Trump and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Democrats and Republicans have reportedly teamed up introduce a bipartisan resolution on Monday "reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Australia alliance relationship".
The resolution comes after Trump and Turnbull reportedly clashed over a contentious refugee deal that will see the U.S. take 1250 detainees in Australia's care.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander -- a former governor who once wrote a book about he and his family's six month "odyssey" in Australia -- and Democrat Ben Cardin introduced the bipartisan resolution on Monday, political website The Hill reports.
"I don't know what happened during last week's telephone call between the president of the United States and the prime minister of Australia," Alexander reportedly told the Senate.
"But I do know this, the people of the United States do not have better friends than the people of Australia."