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Sen. Sullivan meets with Pence ahead of vice president’s Alaska visit

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: February 1, 2018
  • Published February 1, 2018

Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks with Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. (Photo provided by office of Sen. Dan Sullivan)

Sen. Dan Sullivan met with Vice President Mike Pence this week to discuss military operations in Alaska, ahead of Pence's upcoming visit to Anchorage.

At an annual GOP policy retreat held this year at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, Sullivan and Pence talked Wednesday about military capabilities and missile defense systems in Alaska, the senator said.

"I think the biggest area that he was interested in was on missile defense, just given the threat that North Korea poses right now and what's happening with regards to that," Sullivan said over the phone Thursday from a bus in West Virginia.

Pence plans to stop in Alaska and Japan as part of a trip leading the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Reuters reported last month. The Olympics start on Feb. 9. Sullivan spokesman Matt Shuckerow said that Pence will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage "in the coming days." Pence's press secretary did not immediately respond to an email asking about the time frame of his visit.

Sullivan said his office reached out to set up a time to talk with Pence because the senator won't be in Alaska for the vice president's visit here. He's heading to Ottawa with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott for a trip to address transboundary mining issues between Canada and Alaska.

On Wednesday, Sullivan and Pence discussed Fort Greely, Alaska's air capabilities, the state's location as it relates to military strategy globally, a defense bill passed last year, and more, Sullivan said.

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