February 3, 2017 / 12:19 AM / a year ago

Australia ambassador meets with White House advisers -official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus and top strategist Steve Bannon had a “productive meeting” with Australia’s U.S. ambassador on Thursday, an official said, after relations between the two countries became strained over a tense call between their leaders.

“Mr. Priebus and Mr. Bannon had a productive meeting with the Australian ambassador at the White House,” the White House official said. “They conveyed the president’s deep admiration for the Australian people.”

Washington’s ties with its close ally became tense on Thursday over an acrimonious phone call between President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

(Refiles to add last name of Australian prime minister in last paragraph.)

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler

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