How the deal went down between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull
The “blunt” or “frank” exchange of telephonic views between President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull has become the stuff of legend. From limited transcripts, we can only imagine what went down.
[Phone prep with Kellyanne Conway. Donald Trump is seated in Conway’s second floor office at the White House.]
Conway: Now Donnie, remember that man we talked about yesterday? The one who lives all the way over in the antipodes?
Trump: We don’t need his antipodes. We can make better antipodes right here in the U.S.A. Beautiful antipodes.
Conway: Yes, well be that as it may, it’s time for you to call him now.
Trump: Another foreign leader? I’ve been on the phone with these losers all day long. Can’t I take a nap or watch TV?
Conway: You remember what we agreed: Work time before nap time or TV time. Just one more call today, then you can do whatever you want.
Trump: I’m fresh out of openers. Can’t I just grab him by the–
Conway: Now Donnie, we talked about that. I want you to be very nice to Mr. Turnbull. Turn on the charm. Speak to him in his own language.
Trump: What language does he speak?
Conway: English, after a fashion.
Trump: After a fashion, after a fashion. Even Melania speaks English after a fashion. Continue reading