All politicians come under attack from their political rivals at times. But you’ll find remarkably few speaking out against Julie Bishop. Bishop’s resignation from her post has made news around the world. And US officials at the State Department were quick to pay tribute to her five-year trailblazing role as Australian foreign affairs minister.
On the world stage Bishop, as the former Foreign Minister, was a noticeable presence. Often, she would step up in place of former Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott, when they couldn’t attend gatherings and summits.
But with the ousting of Turnbull as PM and Scott Morrison taking the top job, the Trump administration, which had built a strong partnership with Turnbull and Bishop, will now attempt to build similar ties with Morrison and newly instated Defence Minister Marise Payne (Bishop’s replacement).
US relations with Australia to remain strong under Morrison leadership
AAP on Sunday reported that a US State Department spokesperson said:
‘We worked very closely with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and enjoyed a very positive relationship with him and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop…
‘This included an official visit by the prime minister to the White House in February and hosting Foreign Minister Bishop for the Australian-US Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations in Palo Alto in July.
‘We are grateful for their service to the alliance and wish them all the very best going forward.
‘We are confident that the close working relationship under Prime Minister Morrison will continue.’
On Sunday, Bishop told Morrison that she would be moving to the backbench, therefore resigning as foreign minister.
Bishop was the first eliminated from the leadership ballot last week.
The State Department spokesperson also said, as reported by AAP:
‘We congratulate Scott Morrison on becoming the new prime minister of Australia…
‘The United States has no better friend than Australia.
‘We look forward to working with the new prime minister and his cabinet.’
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