Australian Leader Takes a Jab at Trump, Meant to Be Off the Record

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June 15, 2017Jun 15, 2017

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke at Parliament House’s annual press ball, an event similar to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, and essentially mocked President Trump and his speaking style, according to The Washington Post

Speaking candidly and at a moment where he thought he was off the record, he parodied Trump’s delivery, poking fun both at Trump and himself:

“Donald and I, we are winning in the polls,” Turnbull said. “We are winning so much. We are winning like we have never won before.”

The gallery erupted in raucous laughter. He continued:

“We are winning in the polls. We are, we are – not the fake polls, not the fake polls – they’re the one we’re not winning in. We’re winning in the real polls, you know, the online polls. They are so easy to win.”

Both Turnbull and Trump have struggled recently in political polls.

Turnbull also addressed Trump’s troubles with Russia by referencing his supposed glowing polls: “Did you know that? I know that, did you know that? I kind of know that. I know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy.”

In response, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra released a statement that acknowledged Turnbull’s impersonation “with the good humor that was intended.”

Australia is considered one of the United States’ closest allies, although Trump and Turnbull’s relationship got off to a rocky start when Trump realized that, due to a former agreement, the United States is supposed to accept 1,250 refugees who have made their way to Australia.

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