Australian prime minister says Trump treated him like family
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.