The whole world found out yesterday that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a pretty shit phone call with US President Donald Trump over the weekend (anyone surprised?). According to a detailed report from The Washington Post, Trump and Turnbull spoke on the phone on Saturday, a week after Trump was sworn in, and 25 minutes into what was supposed to be a one-hour chat between two allies, Trump hung up on Turnbull!
It gets worse: Trump spoke to four other world leaders that day, Russian President Vladimir Putin among them, and went on to slam his talk with Turnbull as “the worst call by far.”
One of the biggest talking points was whether Trump would honour a pledge, originally organised during Barack Obama’s presidency, to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention centre.
“This is the worst deal ever,” was Trump’s response. He then accused Australia of trying to send “the next Boston bombers” to America. If that wasn’t enough – because with Trump, it never is – he also tweeted:
Anyway, an update this morning said the White House would honour the refugee deal, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, “The president is unbelievably disappointed in the previous administration’s deal that was made and how poorly it was crafted and the threat to national security that it put the United States on.”
There is one good thing that came out of this whole ordeal: celebrities and public figures couldn’t believe Trump had beef with Australia in this way. They took to Twitter to express their sympathy for our nation.
They should all just move here, tbh.