Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis Visit Australia for Bilateral Summit…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are in Sydney, Australia, June 5–6, participating in the 2017 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations hosted by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne.

T-Rex, Mattis and their Australian counterparts are discussing a full range of U.S-Australian cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues.

Press Conference Video:  (U.S. media show publicly why T-Rex dislikes them at 16:30, who was that idjit.)

Secretary Tillerson will then travel to New Zealand to discuss strategic interests with Prime Minister English and Foreign Minister Brownlee.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Julie, and good afternoon, everyone. And let me begin, of course, by thanking Foreign Minister Bishop and Defense Minister Payne for their hospitality and for hosting this session of AUSMIN. Minister Bishop was one of my first counterparts that I met with when she traveled to Washington, and that began a very, very productive dialogue that has continued certainly through today. Secretary Mattis and I obviously look forward to having dinner this evening with Prime Minister Turnbull, and we know we’re going to have a very fruitful exchange in that sense as well.

We had very productive meetings today, as Foreign Minister Bishop described to you. We covered a broad range of topics that are important to both of us, obviously clear that our longstanding friendship with Australia will continue to remain strong.

Our shared values of freedom, democracy, a rules-based order, are long bonds that have been formed in the sacrifices that we have made together over the past century through two world wars, and continue to stand shoulder to shoulder in upholding these values of freedom and democracy and a rules-based order evident today in our joint efforts in this fight against terrorism.

Today, we also speak with one voice in calling for North Korea to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons program. China and other regional partners should also step up their efforts to help solve this security situation which threatens not just that region but really presents a threat to the entire world.

The U.S. and Australia also reaffirmed our commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the seas, particularly the South China Sea and elsewhere, to ensure unimpeded flow of lawful commerce and a rules-based order. We oppose China’s artificial island construction and their militarization of features in international waters.

China is a significant economic and trading power, and we desire a productive relationship, but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it’s militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failure to put appropriate pressure on North Korea. They must recognize that with a role as a growing economic and trading power comes security responsibilities as well.

Australia and the U.S. will work together to support democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, and that includes defending the rules-based order which the Asia Pacific region depends upon.

We are certainly grateful for Australia’s commitment to defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, wherever else they may show their face, and certainly their face is appearing in the region. Countering violent extremism, stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, and shutting down propaganda arms online remains a shared goal for both the United States and Australia.

We reaffirm the strong state of bilateral defense, security, and intelligence cooperation under our alliance, as well as the strength of our bilateral security relationships with Japan, and our commitment to enhancing that trilateral cooperation. I’ll leave it to Secretary Mattis to tell you more about these discussions.

We also share with Australia a keen interest in ensuring our economic policies advance prosperity at home as well as abroad. Australian companies employ almost 100,000 Americans, and American companies in Australia employ about 335,000 Australians. Good trade policies mean good jobs for both of our peoples.

On behalf the United States, I’m grateful to the government and the people of Australia for hosting our delegation and for a spirit of cooperation that’s benefited both of our nations, and has for decades, and will continue in the future, and as Foreign Minister Bishop said, we look forward to continuing the dialogues among our staffs while we make our way to next year’s AUSMIN in Washington, D.C.

So again, thank you, and I’ll turn it to Senator Payne.

[Full Media Event Press Conference Transcript HERE]

ABOVE – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walking with with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne walking with with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Location New South Wales Government House.

ABOVE – (Left to Right) Australian defense Minister Marise Payne, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  (Location: the AUSMIN dinner at the Kiribilli House in Sydney, Australia.)

You can find more pictures from T-Rex and Mattis Trip HERE

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42 Responses to Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis Visit Australia for Bilateral Summit…

  1. ZurichMike says:

    I bet they are happy that John McCain went on Memorial Day weekend to spill the beans and weaken the President in advance of their arrival.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. tonyE says:

    I was in Oz for a week a while back working.

    The women in Oz are the tallest women I’ve ever seen. I mean those genes they got from their Irish, Scottish and Welch criminal great grandmothers must be as healthy as they come.

    Liked by 3 people

    • mikebrezzze says:

      I’d tell my “bucket and saucers ” joke here, but I know better!

      Liked by 1 person

    • so, several years ago during a portion of my yute, I played rugby here in the US with some Aussie sailors who were here to be trained on operating some ships our .gov had sold their .gov
      Those crazy, maniacal lunatics told me that the demographics in Australia was (this is around 1979-’81) approx 6.5 women to every man.

      I have no idea if this was true, or if they were just trying to lure me there so they could kill me.
      But I like those odds. Even a jamoke like me has a shot with those odds.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Fe says:

        good to see you lastinillinois😀 I’ve not seen you in the Treehouse lately.


      • Christine says:

        Hi lastinillinois! Aussie lass here.

        The lads were yanking your chain, I’m sorry. The sex ratio in Australia is 98.8 males to 100 females. But hey, us Queensland gals are pretty awesome, and we love Americans, so with your accent, you’ll be welcomed with open arms!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Ron says:


    Liked by 3 people

  4. Badjack says:

    The stick insect standing next to T-Rex is a self serving sycophant of the UN. Be careful of her.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Brant says:

    Quick and awesome response at 16:30.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Suite D says:

    Is the U.S. the last western country with MEN at the helm? What is going on? Do the men in these other countries hope the women will keep them safe? And will they? Are they? I’m going with Trump, Mad Dog and T Rex!!! MAGA!!!

    Liked by 9 people

  7. SharonKinDC says:

    The Aussie MoD impressed me. The MSM Q’s, largely did NOT. Esp. the snarky US guy and to a lesser extent one of the Aussie MSM nutjobs.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Pam says:

      Yes. No wonder T-Rex got annoyed at the 16:30 mark as Sundance indicated. These tools have absolutely no matters or decorum even in the slightest.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. 17CatsInTN says:

    Why don’t they shut down these idiot propagandist “reporters”? I cannot even listen to them. Why I could never be a politician. I would never tolerate their absurdity, insubordination or lack of respect. If they can’t ask a cogent question in two sentences, they are outta there as far as I’m concerned. Gah!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. aqua says:

    That horrendously rude American journalist should have to get his own ride home. What is wrong with these people????

    Liked by 2 people

  10. lisaginnz says:

    NZ is part of the “five eyes” helping the USA keep eyes on our S.Pacific region down here… Good that T.Rex is visiting NZ! NZ media is center left to far left so I ignore most of them. However, the people of NZ are hard working, independent and decent. Hope the USA NZ discussions go well. cheers from ex Chicago girl in Auckland! #MAGA!

    Liked by 5 people

  11. Prelude to Trade-Violation Consequences for China: VERY direct.

    “China is a significant economic and trading power, and we desire a productive relationship, but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it’s militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failure to put appropriate pressure on North Korea.”

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Who’s sensing an Asian-Pacific Treaty Organization in the offing?
    • One that combines FAIR Trade with MUTUAL Defense.
    • One that localizes America’s Nuclear and Anti-Missile Umbrellas.
    • One that surrounds China.

    Liked by 2 people

    • xyzlatin says:

      Already done. ANZUS; The Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty (ANZUS or ANZUS Treaty) is the 1951 collective security agreement which binds Australia and New Zealand and, separately, Australia and the United States, to co-operate on military matters in the Pacific Ocean region,

      Liked by 2 people

      • xyzlatin says:

        The US has had for years and years a top secret defence and spying facility in Australia. Australia will be the first target of North Korea, to knock out that and the new US military base in Darwin.

        Liked by 1 person

        • My sense is something much broader may be in the works:
          … Countries facing China and North Korea … and Islamic Terror.
          South Korea
          New Zealand


  13. Colin Stent says:

    Both Payne and Bishop handled themselves well, in support of Tillerson, in this presser. However, please don’t be fooled, Payne is an incompetent minister, within a Very Left of Centre Government posing as centre right. Bishop is deputy leader and a U.N. hack.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. auscitizenmom says:

    Tillerson gave a very dignified answer to a very undignified question (from a real jerk).

    Liked by 4 people

  15. fedback says:

    Melbourne attack was ISIS, a somalian


  16. Glenn Stehle says:

    Quit Paris Agreement, urge Coalition MPs

    A breakaway group of Coalition MPs is urging Malcolm Turnbull to consider pulling Australia out of the Paris climate accord after Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and shattered the international consensus on limiting global temperature increases….

    Several Coalition backbenchers spoke out to question the value of the Paris Agreement and whether Australia should reconsider its involvement. Queensland senator Ian Macdonald called for a review to consider an Australian withdrawal, arguing Mr Trump’s decision would “bring a new serious look at the whole question of climate change”.

    “I think with America now out, China and India lukewarm at best, then what is the point of the Paris accord?” Senator Macdonald said.

    Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen said he did not subscribe to the theory of “catastrophic anthropogenic climate change”, describing the Paris Agreement as “pretty much pointless”.

    “I would prefer that we weren’t part of it given that it’s non-binding,” Mr Christensen said. “I realise the Australian government’s position is that, with or without the US, we’re staying in the Paris Agreement. However, if it was my call we would be out.”

    Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz said the US withdrawal required Australia to “reconsider our own approach”, while NSW colleague Craig Kelly said the government should “monitor” Australian involvement.

    “If you look at the details of Paris, it clearly put the US at a substantial comparative disadvantage vis-a-vis China and Russia,” Mr Kelly said. “It’s clearly not in Australia’s interests for the American economy to be weakened.”

    Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi said: “We should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. I think it’s entirely pointless. Nothing Australia does in this space is going to change the temperature or the climate by any measure.”

    Liked by 4 people

    • Can you see Mattis and Tillerson asking the Australians:

      Do you want to give Climate Change Billions to 3rd World Dictators, or use them to defend against Radical Islam, Chinese Encroachment and North Korean Missiles?

      If it’s the Dictators, you clearly don’t need America’s help.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. The Raven says:

    No insult to the ladies reading this but what is up with all these female Defense ministers? I saw
    during the G7/Paris meeting, half of Europe’s Defense Ministers are women..without military experience.

    Liked by 1 person

    • xyzlatin says:

      It is called political correctness. If the US would clean up that vile leftist institution called AP Associated Press, which spreads leftist propaganda throughout the Western world’s press, which news organisations publish without question as gospel truth, it would go a long way to getting rid of the left. AP years ago used to be trusted source, but it is now a far left propaganda machine.

      Liked by 3 people

  18. Ron says:

    First reporter asks a question that lasts a full minute (just the question)…. second reporter does the same. These folks really like to hear themselves talk, don’t they?

    by the way, where do these reporters get off? Australia doesn’t even let the damn terrorists in the country, they SEND THEM TO THE U.S. !


  19. alohahawk says:

    T-Rex slaughtered the bogus tirade of a slimey commie puke @16:30 with the blunt force of a straight answer. The Women of Oz were also excellent in their public address.

    Whomever that diptard ‘reporter’ is should have his credentials revoked so he can go back to the used comics store to run the register.


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