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Aug 4, 2017

Selected highlights from the surreal, shamefully dishonest Trump-Turnbull phone conversation

Malcolm Turnbull "held the line" against Donald Trump? We're not so sure.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


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Even when said in jest, there must a particularly icy sweat coating the brow of anyone to whom Donald Trump can say "you're worse than I am" with any grain of truth. This is one of the key phrases our media has latched onto in its coverage of the full transcripts -- leaked by The Washington Post -- of that infamous call concerning Australia's refugee resettlement deal with the US.

The 24-minute conversation has a rambling, surreal quality of any Trump experiment with language (he describes himself as "the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country"), and his hazy acquaintance with sentence structure seems to rub off on the usually eloquent Turnbull when, according to the transcript, he says "So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat. That is the point."

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19 thoughts on “Selected highlights from the surreal, shamefully dishonest Trump-Turnbull phone conversation

  1. zut alors

    Cameron Stewart is correct. This conversation was one of Turnbull’s “finest moments” as Prime Minister….comparatively.

    Therefore it’s an indictment on his overall performance & how woefully disappointing he has been as our ‘leader’.

  2. Nudiefish

    Words fail.
    Like a certain someone who said that they would “sell my arse” to get the PM job.

    This is want we want in our elected leader? Hollow man to the point of becoming a balloon.

    1. lykurgus

      Free space (a perfect vacuum that can’t be experimentally repeated).
      Balloons have something in them.

  3. Peter Wileman

    If only Xavier Herbert hadn’t already use it. “Poor fellow my Country.”

  4. klewso

    Credit where due – Trump’s not as dumb as I thought.

    1. Barbara Haan

      I’d like to agree Klewso, but Frump’s grasp of facts was abysmal – a message from your old sparring partner, Kato.

      1. klewso

        And the mernkey’s aname it izza Dernald….he izza bizzynonce man.
        I didda nert say he wazza stute.
        …. Just when he said Morbid Turbnull was worse than himself.

        1. Barbara Haan

          Kato jumps out from behind door and throws a punch.

  5. Barbara Haan

    Rack off Turncoat. You and your government have been exposed as complete charlatans. ScoMo, J Edgar Tuber, JBish, Cousin Jethro – it goes on and on and on.

  6. drsmithy

    No such thing as an “economic refugee”.

    Either they’re “genuine” refugees, or they’re not.

    If they’re not, and we know they’re not because we have actual evidence demonstrating they’re not, why haven’t they been returned from whence they came ? So somebody could make some money holding them ? So they could be political tools ?

  7. Marilyn J Shepherd

    It’s not a refugee resettlement program, why don’t lazy bloviators call it what it is ‘ the trade of humans for sport and political gain”. What is Human Trafficking?

    Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs” This is the UN definition and what we are doing definitely falls in the realm of trafficking.

    Truffles today said he was standing up for Australian’s, he is an evil, inhuman monster.

  8. Graham R

    This conversation reads like a Goons script, or perhaps a Pete ‘n’ Dud skit. But certain facts emerge:

    1. Turnbull lied to the President when he said the detainees were economic refugees. My understanding is that well over 80% of detainees have been found to be political refugees in danger of their lives.

    2. Turnbull just told the President he would take anyone the US wanted to get rid of as long as they came by plane. Since he did not rule it out, one has to conclude that Turnbull, fierce defender of security that he is, would take criminals and terrorists from the US.

    3. The grovelling sycophancy, especially that displayed in the last few seconds as Trump is hanging up in a huff, is sickening.

    4. Trump, on hearing just how harsh our detention processes are, gasps approvingly that Turnbull is worse than him. WOW!

    5. Trump appears moronic in this call (surprise!) and unable to understand Turnbull’s carefully explained differentiation between jail and immigration detention. He just doesn’t get it.

    6. Turnbull makes it quite plain that he does not care if the US doesn’t take anyone – as long as the thin fiction of a deal process is maintained for the benefit of the Australian Press. So he lies to Trump and he lies to us.

    I really do not know who comes out looking the worst out of this call. No wonder administrations like to keep these calls secret.

    1. zut alors

      Trump now has a new marketing tool for his tool supporters ie: even if someone is a Nobel Prize winner they won’t be eligible to enter his godly (godforsaken?) America.

  9. klewso

    “Punish the desperate, the hopeless, the huddled masses with nowhere to go, to punish the smugglers to make them go Whoa!” …..?
    Remember the good ol’ daze, when the Romans could crucify miscreants (of Roman law) and leave them hanging; to teach them – and anyone else that might be thinking of following in their footsteps – a lesson?

    1. AR

      Punishing group A in order to deter group B is the perfect example of “collective punishment” which is deemed a crime against human rights by the Geneva Convention.

  10. AR

    I have no wish to defend Talcum’s grovelling mendacity & disgusting hypocrisy.
    However I must point out that it is unlikely that Drumpfster’s “..hazy acquaintance with sentence structure seems to rub off on the usually eloquent Turnbull..” in the quote given – “So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat.”.
    It is clear from the ‘Noble’ [sic] errors that it is transcription error – “that helps you out than…” given that the typist is probably unfamiliar with our accent and Talcum’s unfortunate tendency to use downward sotto voce.

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