Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter says Trump treated him like fam­ily

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Aus­tralia’s prime min­is­ter on Fri­day de­scribed his first meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as “more fam­ily than for­mal,’’ as the Aus­tralian ended a brief visit to New York planned to set the tone of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump said on Thurs­day that his first tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull on Jan. 28 “got a lit­tle bit testy’’ when the pres­i­dent re­luc­tantly agreed to hon­our Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s prom­ise to take up to 1,250 mainly Mus­lim refugees off Aus­tralia’s hands. But Trump de­nied me­dia re­ports that the tone was any harsher than that.

Turn­bull said he en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to get to know the pres­i­dent face-to-face when they met aboard the de­com­mis­sioned air­craft car­rier USS In­trepid to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of the Co­ral Sea.

“We have back­grounds that are sim­i­lar in many re­spects, busi­ness­men that found our way into pol­i­tics,’’ Turn­bull told re­porters.

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