Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Trump Loses his Cool with the Australian PM

The Washington Post| No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

by Greg Miller and Philip Rucker

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that “this was the worst call by far.”

As if we did not already know Trump lacks the temperament to be a political leader at any level.

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