The relationship between Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Donald Trump have been strained, to say the least. The drama all started when Trump spent much of his first phone call with the prime minister berating him over a refugee resettlement deal and allegedly hung up on him after 25 minutes. Since the phone call, there have been reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been scrambling to restore the relationship with our ally and it looks like that task is going to be a bit more difficult.
Audio was just leaked of a speech Turnball gave at Parliament House’s annual Mid Winter Ball in Australia where he impersonated Trump and mocked many of his favorite catch lines. On the tape, the prime minister talks about his meeting with the president in New York,”It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever.” He goes on to say:
The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before….I have this Russian guy… Believe me, it’s true, it is true.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is pretty funny and I know we have all mocked him. However, what is not so hilarious is that our president is so terrible and embarrassing that other world leaders are actually using him as their punch lines. That’s really, really bad for our standing in the world. And we all know that Trump isn’t going to let this go, his ego won’t let it. I almost feel bad for the shitstorm Tillerson is going to have to deal with.