Update: After President Donald Trump's disastrous phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) felt it was imperative to step in and remedy the situation.
McCain called Australia's ambassador to the United States on Thursday and demonstrated his “unwavering support for the U.S.-Australia alliance.”
“I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honor 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,” McCain said in a statement.
So will this become the standard procedure? American politicians cleaning up the petulant president's messes? Sure seems like it.
On the campaign trail and even after winning the election, President Donald Trump somehow managed to get away with throwing tantrums and viciously insulting his critics. However, now that he is officially the leader of this great nation, perhaps the billionaire should look into taking some anger management classes (or any sort of diplomatic training, really) because that sensitive temper of his is going to alienate the United States’ oldest and most reliable allies.
Case in point: During a phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the boisterous business mogul not only raged about the refugee settlement agreement brokered by the Obama administration, he also bragged about his “yuge” Electoral College win and then abruptly ended what was expected to be an hour-long call half way in.
A senior U.S. official told The Washington Post that Trump also informed Turnbull, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker, that he had held conversations with four other world leaders that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that “this was the worst call by far.”
Then, as Turnbull tried to secure confirmation that U.S. would respect its agreement to accept 1,250 refugees currently detained at Manus Island and Nauru, Trump reportedly told him it was “the worst deal ever.”
He also accused Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers” to America.
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Turnbull has refrained from confirming or denying the reports.
“I’m not going to comment on a conversation between myself and the president of the United States, other than what we have said publicly,” Turnbull said during a press conference. “You can surely understand the reasons for that. I can assure you the relationship is very strong ... the very extensive engagement that we have with the new administration underlines the closeness of the alliance.”
Apparently, this happened as well:
Social media users, naturally, did not take long to comment on the situation. They certainly had a lot to say about it.
TIPS FOR STARTING A NEW JOB:— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) February 2, 2017
-Smile and introduce yourself
-Fight with Australia
-Upset the Holocaust Museum
-Ban a religion
AUSTRALIA is mad at us. AUSTRALIA.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) February 2, 2017
Australia right now. pic.twitter.com/Phwvnejoub— Stephanie Carvin (@StephanieCarvin) February 2, 2017
This would be the perfect time to make Ryan Lochte Ambassador to Australia— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) February 2, 2017
Dear Australia,— Sean Kent (@seankent) February 2, 2017
We fucking hate him too.
Time to build an ocean and make Australia pay for it.— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) February 2, 2017
Before today, I thought loving Australia was something all Americans could agree upon.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 2, 2017
Classic "Risk" strategy: invade Australia first.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) February 2, 2017
We must all understand that Australia poses an existential threat.— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) February 2, 2017
First, he came for Australia, and I said nothing, because I was so confused— Alena Smith (@internetalena) February 2, 2017
Dear Australia,— *SexKitten* (@LaurenBabad) February 2, 2017
I'm sorry Trump is such an ASS. The rest of us love ya!
What's next? Is he going to build a great Wallaby and make Australia pay for it?— ?erika? (@struggleobey) February 2, 2017
Takes a certain sort of idiot-savant genius to start a foreign policy crisis with Australia.— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) February 2, 2017
Who's next? Switzerland? #Australia— Megan Millen (@Silvergirl626) February 2, 2017
Can't wait for the @TomiLahren vid explaining to me how this Australia thing was actually caused by Hillary voters.— Steven Elliott (@hashtagsteven) February 2, 2017
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