Monday, 10 October 2016

Can you imagine how the ANZUS Treaty and trade agreements would play out under Donald Trump and the Son of Abbott?

The mind boggles at the thought of how a grossly ineffectual Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would even begin to protect Australia from a barking mad President Donald Trump.

However, it appears the Turnbull Government may be attempting to engage with Trump early – just in case he does turn out to be the forty-fifth president of the United States of America after the 8 November 2016 federal election.

The Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016:

CONSERVATIVE Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi believes Donald Trump could be the next US president.
In a surprise announcement, Senator Bernardi told Sky News in New York that Americans might do “pretty well” out of a Trump presidency.
Senator Bernardi said Trump was tapping into a well of discontent that politicians around the world would be wise to listen to.
His policies were about protecting America and standing up for people who felt dispossessed by mainstream politics.
The Australian Government has previously shied away from showing favouritism towards either party throughout the US election campaign, however Senator Bernardi is not the first politician to get involved.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with a key Trump adviser last Friday to discuss challenges the she thought the new Clinton or Trump administration would face, according to The Australian.

The Australian, 19 September 2016:

A top Republican strategist has reassured foreign minister Julie Bishop that Donald Trump, who has trashed a carefully negotiated 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal including Australia and criticised US allies’ military contributions, would value highly the US relationship with Australia.
Ms Bishop met with former Congressman Mike Rogers, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, and the Democrat’s Jake Sullivan in Washington DC on Friday, discussing some of the challenges she thought the new Clinton or Trump administration would face.

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