From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … 

You can't sit with us. Australia's political leaders have not publicly distanced themselves from the US under the presidency of Donald Trump -- the rhetoric, both public and private, remains as, shall we say, deferential as ever. But other official circles are apparently taking the new administration's chaotic approach more seriously. We hear Australian staff at the United Nations HQ in New York are distancing themselves from their US counterparts, avoiding being seen with them in social situations. This, we are told, is a result of US delegations failing to follow proper protocols, missing meetings and generally being perceived as disruptors. Know more? Let us know.