This probably won’t do much to warm up the chilly relationship between President Trump and Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
At a recent event down under, Turnbull’s off the record speech to journalists included mimicking Trump’s attacks on fake news, “winning,” and ties to Russia all done in the Donald’s now famous hyperbole.
From The Guardian:
In his speech to the Canberra press gallery’s Midwinter Ball, the Australian equivalent of the White House correspondents’ dinner, Turnbull says: “The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls. We are, we are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in.
“We’re winning in the real polls.
“You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy.
“Believe me it’s true, it’s true.”
Speeches at the press gallery Midwinter Ball are intended to be light-hearted. For a decade, the speeches made at the dinner have been widely regarded as being off-the-record. However, the most senior press gallery journalist, Channel Nine’s Laurie Oakes, routinely refuses to attend the ball and has consistently said he is not bound by the off-the-record convention.
I do think that if the annual ball’s antics are agreed to be “off-the-record,” then Oakes is something of a dick to publish even if he didn’t attend.
Listen to Turnbull’s comments below.