Donald Trump just called Australia his best friend

Donald Trump has sent out a very special message to the country on Australia Day.
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The president has shared his feelings about Australia.

It appears US president Donald Trump is trying to secure is friendship with Australia, issuing a personalised message for us on Australia Day.

Trump released the message via acting Secretary of State Thomas Shannon Jr and talked up our countries’ friendship over the years and how important it was to retain the relationship.

“On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my honour to congratulate the people of Australia as you celebrate this Australia Day, 229 years after the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Harbour,” Mr Shannon said.

“It has been over 75 years since your Commonwealth and the United States established diplomatic relations, but connections between America and Australia reach back to that fleet.”

He went on to talk about our trade deals and how America is dominates over a quarter of all foreign investment in Australia.

Of course, this comes a week after Trump pulled out of the TPP leaving Australia and the remaining countries scrambling to come up with a new solution.

“Today, travel is easier, and we are honoured to host almost 1.5 million Australians in the United States each year, with over 200,000 Australians here on any given day,” Mr Shannon said.

“Half a million Americans are fortunate enough to visit your land each year.

“Today, Australia and the United States are top trade and investment partners, with $US65 billion ($86 billion) in goods and services flowing between us each year.

“The United States is responsible for over a quarter of all foreign direct investment in Australia and we are the top destination for Australian investment abroad.”

“The United States has no better friend than Australia, and our longstanding alliance is a force for stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe.”

The move is thought to be Trump extending his hand after crushing our TPP plans and the deal set up under former president Barack Obama, which was set to see America take in a significant number of refugees being held by Australia in off-shore detention facilities.

So what does it all mean? Some are already speculating Trump is trying to butter us up for a big favour, while others argue he is just keeping it friendly.

What do you think?

Will a Trump presidency be good for Australia? Or do you worry we’ll be left behind?

  1. ELIZABETH SUMMERS  

    This comment from another president might just be believable but from him, no way !!!!!!

    • Jim Morton  

      What has he ever done to you or are you just another sheep.

  2. Just wondering  

    Hard to believe weasel words, isn’t it.

  3. Philomena  

    I wouldn’t believe a word from Trump

  4. Annie  

    He was being friendly. A true visionary…..

  5. Marie van Eijk  

    Don’t trust him, he is a fake!

  6. Joan Marshall  

    All of the comments above I bet they are labor Party supporters. Stop running the Americans down but run to them when and if we need defence. Naive people in Australia believe we will never be attacked what a laugh! to defend this vast country if we were under attack we would need America. Do not bite the hand that feeds you. Be grateful be fair. Hillary Clinton would never have the courage that President Trump has. Our politicians in Australia need to show guts and look after Australians first.

    • J Rose  

      I have numerous USA relatives and friends and would never run them down. They are generally generous, friendly and trustworthy. BUT this man is dangerous.He is considering ‘paying for the border wall with Mexico with a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to the US, and says in this way the Mexicans will pay for the wall, but such a tax will come out of the pockets of US consumers. Australian and NZ tourists are expected to have to attend a 1 on 1 interview with US officials to obtain a tourist visa under his plans. He has already pulled out of one trade agreement we are signatories to as were the US until this week and is considering pulling out of another with us. Pulling out of these agreements opens up a massive opportunity for China or Russia to step in. He has also signed of on making it illegal for women in the US to be given any advise on contraception and abortions either in the US or in other countries. and so it goes on.
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    • Lois Park  

      Let’s not forget America wasn’t in the war (helping us!) until bombed by Japan. It has been Australia that rallied to help America in Korea and Vietnam, Afghanistan, do I need to go on?

    • Name withheld  

      Just the second one I’ve read of yours, you really are blind. Why keep running Hillary down? She didn’t get in so why not get over it.

  7. Lyn Dyke  

    Ah, these fine words from this American official! I’m not sure if you would say that this man is an “ambassador” exactly, but I think the message is ambassadorial , and we all know what the definition of an ambassador is, don’t we? An Ambassador is a man sent abroad to lie for his country.It seems that President Trump is seeking the support and friendship of that fine trading country, Australia. The way he is going , it seems like he may need al the friends he can get.

  8. paul  

    All very well meant, but as we know better we want transparency written in black and white and no deals done behind closed doors.

  9. Ross Simon  

    I think he was just pointing out all the areas that he could harm Australians if we stray or disagree with his policies. Like all good narcissistic psychotic bullies.

  10. Jean Baker  

    This man likes the sound of his own voice.He thinks he is a Demi God and can change everything just by spouting words that he thinks Anericans want to hear.
    I wouldn’t trust him EVER

    • graham cahill  

      I doubt very much whether he wrote this speach himself, therefore i think it was sent as a matter of duty rather than sincerity. As for needing them to defend this country, a country like Indonessia or China could walk in here tomorrow without much opposition.

  11. Garry Bates  

    To me, this man is a fascist. I do hope I am wrong but everything he says needs to be closely examined.

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