- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden told Australians Wednesday that America’s “better angels” will carry the day in the November election.

“Don’t worry about our election,” Mr. Biden said in Sydney on the day after Republicans nominated Donald Trump for president. “Don’t worry about our election. The better angels in America will prevail.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Biden was “offering some reassurance to people around the world who’ve been a little unsettled” about the presidential election. Mr. Obama said in Japan in May that some U.S. allies are “rattled” by the candidacy of Mr. Trump.

The vice president also tried to reassure Australians that the U.S. will keep its commitment to playing an active role in the Pacific and promoting free trade in the region.

“Anyone who questions America’s dedication and staying power in the Asia Pacific simply is not paying attention,” he said. “Our commitment to our military strength is unparalleled. We’ve committed to put over 60 percent of our fleet and our most advanced military capabilities in the Pacific by 2020.”

He added, “Our presence in the region is essential to maintaining peace and stability, without which the economic growth and prosperity I believe would falter. America is the linchpin.”


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