On Sunday, 29 January 2017 (Saturday 28 in America) U.S. President Donald Trump made a scheduled telephone call to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The characterizations provide insight into Trump’s temperament and approach to the diplomatic requirements of his job as the nation’s chief executive, a role in which he continues to employ both the uncompromising negotiating tactics he honed as a real estate developer and the bombastic style he exhibited as a reality television personality.
Trump felt compelled to explain himself publicly at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday 2 February 2017 as reported by The Independent UK the next day:
News footage of Donald Trump has him stating that the United States is being taken advantage of by Australia.
He has forgotten - if he ever knew in the first place - just how many U.S. strategic defence/intelligence installations are sited on Australian soil, sometimes at a genuinely peppercorn rent. One, Pine Gap, collects a wide range of signals intelligence as well as providing early warning of ballistic missile launches and allegedly controls certain American spy satellites as they fly over China, North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
On the morning of Thursday 2 January, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States met with two of Trump’s senior staff, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, at which time they conveyed the president's deep admiration for the Australian people - presumaby because the story of Trump’s telephone tantrum refused to die a quick death and they were obviously desperate to see it interred six feet under.
Despite this clumsy olive branch 9 News carried footage from that same day which clearly demonstrated how untrustworthy this new White House is:
Either way Donald Trump has misread the relationship with Australia and it may come back to bite him.
When they decide enough is enough, Australians can become decidedly bloody-minded and President Trump needs to keep that in mind.
Right now a good many Australians have narrowed eyes and grim mouths as they turn their gaze towards this man.