Trump defends himself against “harmful” act against Australia

The cracks in international relations between the US and Australia are threatening to widen.

The combination of how US President Donald Trump is speaking to foreign leaders and how he lashes out on the social media platform Twitter is starting to ruffle a lot of feathers. Many from Trump’s own party are now apologising for his actions.

The fireworks from “that phone call” between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Trump doesn’t seem like it’s going to die down anytime soon.  Many experts and politicians from both sides are speaking out about it.  

Republican Senator John McCain, whom President Trump offended during the election for mocking his POW status, apologise to Australia telling reporters, “It was an unnecessary and frankly harmful open dispute over an issue which is not nearly as important as United States-Australian cooperation and working together, including training of our marines in Australia and other areas of military cooperation and intelligence”.  Mr McCain also spoke to the Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey saying, “I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honour the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote”.

Fellow Republican Senator Lindsay Graham also made his feelings felt when asked about President Trump tweeting about the “dumb deal” with Australia saying, “I wish he would sleep more and tweet less… there’s probably better ways to handle this.”

President Trump spoke about it during a National Prayer Breakfast telling those in attendance, “When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having, don’t worry about it”.  He added, “Just don’t worry about it. They’re tough. We have to be tough.”

“It’s time we’re going to be a little tough folks. We’re taken advantage of by every nation in the world virtually. It’s not going to happen anymore. It’s not going to happen anymore.”

The new President then turned his attention to what he wanted to pray for his former television show The Apprentice.  A show he hosted for a long time and still produces, he took time from more pressing issues to say, “The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster”.  He added, “I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings.” This is referring to the new host and former Governer of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr Schwarzenegger fired back in a video saying, “”You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. Then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”

  1. This comes as no surprise because President Trump has made his views and intentions very clear. Leading up to him becoming President it was obvious that if elected he would take a hard line stand when it came to protecting the USA from what he believed to be a threat. His very undiplomatic way of dealing with other world leaders leaves us gasping in disbelief but despite his lack of diplomacy his supporters will applaud the fact that he is a man of his convictions; one who lets political diplomacy take a back seat. What this means and how other countries react to what ever comes out of Washington remains to be seen. There are interesting and perhaps turbulent times ahead. Australia must stand strong in light of this and our leaders must stand up and be counted. These are not the times for division within our parliament nor should leaders of our political parties attempt to divide and destabilise each other. The media also has a responsibility to ensure that what is reported is the truth and is not based on bias and heresay. Muck raking negativity, suggestive headlines and half truths creates doubt and mistrust.

    • vicki  

      There is no doubt Mr. Trump is a mover and a shaker and will possibly push more bills for change through than any previous President. However l don’t think most Americans would be happy to stand alone in the world without their allies and without the many good and positive friendships that have been developed over decades. Mr. Trump can be strong and use all the salty language he likes but please keep the respect for other nations.

    • Megan  

      Very well written and let us hope our Leaders of all parties and the PM stand united and firm. Truly not a time for potshots in the hopes of scoring points.
      And tes the Nedia has an important role
      Again well written couldn’t agree more!!!

  2. Graham  

    Trump needs to learn a little history and find out how many times Australia has put it on the line in support of America. This man and his cronies have no experience or temperament for the job they are now in so I guess the “Peter Principle” has now come into effect. . I think America and probably the rest of the world will pay a high price for his incompetence and bully tactics.

  3. Brian Price  

    I hope Congress lets the world leaders know that while Trump may be President of the United States. He is an embarrassment and does not represent the views and feelings of all Americans. Not everyone supports Trump and his behavior. Insulting our country’s long standing allies is outrageous. I am glad Senator Mccain called behind him. Congress needs to stop him. He has been in office for 10 days so far and he has caused nothing be trouble.

  4. It is time Trump thinks before he open up his big mouth. He might like to remember who helped America in the Vietnam war, who helped in the Irag war and who are now still helping. These wars America started and as usual yells for help, other countries go in and Americans get pulled out, leaving our boys to fight and give their lives for a war they didn’t even start. Is it any wonder that terrorists attack your country, but you can never fight on your own, always have to have a whole load of other countries to fight you battle. I dread to think how many wars Trump will start with his arrogance and ill manners. As a President of a country there is a way to behave, and that is not like a schoolyard bully, which is what Trump is doing.

  5. val martin  

    Trump is quickly becoming the “Kim Jong-un” of USA.

  6. Noel Todd  

    The Alliance between The USA and Australia is one of the longest in the world. Our shared values have stood the test of time and politics. It was around during the run of many Presidents and many more Prime Ministers. It will be around for many years after President Trump. As diplomacy doesn’t seem his strong suite, maybe he should leave that one, to his pick for the job in international relations. He will be very busy.

    One more thing Mister Trump, you now lead a nation, not the television ratings, head down and get on with that.

  7. Helen Cameron  

    Trump – wrong man for the times. There are now seven and a half billion people on the planet Donald – up from 2.5 billion when you were born. Build your physical and diplomatic barriers and walls north, south, east and west and insult everyone inside and outside them as you are now doing with your five year old type dummy spits – you will just accelerate your irrelevance inside your cone of fear while the other nations fill the leadership gap the USA once admirably filled. Read the Davos opening address and see which nation is targeting global leadership in the absence of a President with an American strategy for global partnerships. Get a bit more sleep and you might be able to function more rationally. Meanwhile the other 7.2 billion people on the planet will get on with life and leave you to your five year old tantrums. What an embarassment you are turning out to be for your nation. My hope is that the Republicans curb your dummy spits: my fear is dedicated USA Federal public servants will continue to resign in droves.

  8. Dee Bond  

    AND Australia has Pine Gap….which is vital to the Americans. And doesn’t make the Chinese too happy.

    • Diana  

      OH yes, Trump would do well to remember that we have a huge army base here and I am not sure whether the Americans actually pay rent for the land or anything like that. Anyone know?

  9. Pamela  

    How would Australia like it if USA sent potential moslem terrorists to Australia?

    Sending these illegals to America is just putting sugar on the table to open our borders to all and sundry to come here so they will get a free flight to America.

    Illegal country hoppers should be returned to country of origin or closest moslem country. They do not fit with Western values and all are potential terrorists because they all follow that evil barbaric instruction book the quran. Any country who accepts them does so at their peril!

  10. Patricia Powell  

    A lot hysteria going on around the world caused by dangerous manipulation by the media. Obama prepared and approved the amendments to US immigration yet left it for Trump to put in place. Oz has very strict immigration rules so what is wrong other countries tightening their requirements and why should they take refugees from Australia? All Trump said is that the immigrants will be strictly vetted, and quite rightly do. Turnbull also said Trump did not slam the phone down on him. Yes Trump is outspoken but he is the first President to say what he actually thinks. He will not be allowed to carry out change of legislation on his own. He has to get approval from House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court so for goodness sake stop falling for and being sucked into the hysteria and start using some common sense.

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