Donald Trump just did what we thought couldn’t be done. He managed to piss off Australia, yes, the jovial, fun loving people from down under who’ve never done a single thing to offend us.
In a phone call that was supposed to last an hour, Trump spent just 25 minutes bragging about himself and his “win” and then he insulted the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement. Trump even told the Prime Minister that it “was the worst call by far.” Of course that call was preceded by a chat with Trump’s puppet master Vladimir Putin.
“This is the worst deal ever,” Trump fumed as Turnbull attempted to confirm that the United States would honor its pledge to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center. Trump, who one day earlier had signed an executive order temporarily barring the admissions of refugees, complained that he was “going to get killed” politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers.”
This isn’t all that surprising, considering Trump’s style of offending anyone who doesn’t specifically agree with him. He’s already working on starting a war with China and Mexico. This is different if for no other reason than the country is Australia. We love Australia. Australia loves us, or at least they used to.
Republicans like Lindsey Graham have already accused Trump of knowing nothing about foreign policy and his latest, which could alienate one of our biggest allies in the war on terror, is bound to have even the staunchest Trump supporters scratching their heads. It’s clear that Trump has no diplomatic skills. He shouldn’t be talking to a third grade class, let alone a world leader.
More significantly, though, is that Trump lied about the call.
The depictions of Trump’s calls are also at odds with sanitized White House accounts. The official read-out of his conversation with Turnbull, for example, said that the two had “emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.”
Trump is apparently on a quest to offend every country, with the exception, of course, of Russia. Trump has offended Mexico. Hell, he’s been offending Mexico since day one of his campaign. One of his first official phone calls was to Taiwan, which offended China. Now, he somehow managed to offend Australia.
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