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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS - ANNIKA SMETHURST

THERE was some­thing un­set­tling about the flashy New York meet­ing be­tween Mal­colm Turn­bull and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last month.

There was no of­fi­cial wel­come at the White House for Aus­tralia’s first cou­ple.

In­stead Trump left the Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter wait­ing at a ho­tel for three hours be­fore their first face-to-face meet­ing at com­mem­o­ra­tions of the Bat­tle of Coral Sea. Still Turn­bull smiled. Then there was an awk­ward press con­fer­ence where Turn- bull held a fixed grin while Trump ac­cused the me­dia of mak­ing up porkies about that testy phone call on refugees.

“It was a bit of fake news,” Trump said.

Turn­bull backed him in: “That’s ex­actly right.”

Cheers Mal. Again, they smiled.

At the celebrity bash that fol­lowed there were back slaps and bro hugs and even John Tra­volta was there.

Turn­bull con­tin­ued to grin, al­beit a rather un­con­vinc­ing one.

On Wed­nes­day night at a less ritzy af­fair in Can­berra, the Prime Min­is­ter’s fa­cade fi­nally cracked when he dis­cov­ered some comic tim­ing and de­liv­ered a crack­ing im­per­son­ation of The Don.

The best! You won’t be­lieve how good it was.

It was a mo­ment of truth that showed that Turn­bull is ca­pa­ble of hav­ing a gig­gle at Trump’s unique man­ner.

He gets it. He sees what we see.

Much has been writ­ten about the mer­its of an off-there­cord din­ner and whether Chan­nel Nine’s Lau­rie Oakes

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