President Trump praises 'iron bonds' between US, Australia

President Trump praises 'iron bonds' between US, Australia
Posted at 10:31 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 22:31:12-04

President Donald Trump says few people share ties in history, affection and culture like the Americans and the Australians.

Trump says "iron bonds" between the United States and Australia were forged in the waters of the Pacific during a World War II naval battle in which both countries halted a Japanese advance.

Trump says those ties were "sealed with the blood of our fathers and grandfathers" who lost their lives in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

The battle was a turning point in the war and led to an alliance between the U.S. and Australia.

Trump spoke at a gala dinner aboard the USS Intrepid in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of that battle.

He also met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull before dinner.