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.
Most people with two brain cells within rubbing distance of each other realize not everything is a zero-sum game. The oddly-coiffed amateur with his finger on "the button" clearly doesn't.
Among the eloquent objections to the deal to take in 1250 refugees from Australia's gulag were that it was:
- the worst deal ever
- trying to export the next Boston bombers