What was he thinking? President Trump has agreed to honor an Obama agreement to take 1,250 Muslim refugees that Australia won’t even allow on its mainland, and this is how Turnbull thanks him?
Malcolm Turnbull’s next phone call with Donald Trump could be awkward.
The Australian Prime Minister mocked his US counterpart in a speech Wednesday night to a gathered crowd of journalists and politicians, during the Australian Parliament’s boozy annual Midwinter Ball.
In leaked audio aired by Australia’s Channel Nine, Turnbull poked fun at his own efforts to ingratiate himself with the new US President during their meeting in New York.
“It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever,” he told the crowd.
The Midwinter Ball is the premier event of the political year in the Australian capital, Canberra, a mixing of journalists, advisers and politicians, similar to the White House Correspondents Dinner.
But unlike the US version, the leader’s speech is supposed to be off the record. However, Channel Nine decided to air it when parts of Turnbull’s speech were posted to social media.
The Australian Prime Minister and the US President had only just repaired their relationship after a reportedly heated phone call in January over the planned US Australian refugee deal.
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