For a man who so desperately needs to be liked, we have to wonder how Donald Trump feels knowing the majority of the planet thinks of him as a puffy Cheeto clown, albeit a worrisomely powerful one.
That includes world leaders like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
While a phone call between the two men in January was widely reported as a diplomatic disaster, Trump has said their relationship is “fantastic.”
“We’re not babies,” Trump added without a shred of irony.
Now the president’s “fantastic” friend Malcolm has been caught on camera openly mocking Trump to a room full of Australian media, and wouldn’t you know it? The bit was a success.
The event Turnbull spoke at is traditionally a closed-door event and not reported on, but the political editor at Australia’s Nine Network decided to break protocol and share it with the world.
Trump two weeks ago: "We don't want other leaders…laughing at us anymore, and they won't be."
Australia's leader last night: mocked Trump. https://t.co/TRWfpdIyh5
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) June 15, 2017
Here’s some of what Turnbull says in the leaked footage:
“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.”
Turnbull recently saw a 10-point drop in the polls, and joked that he’s ahead in “online polls,” which are “so easy to win.” Sound familiar?
The Australian PM called the leak a “breach of faith.”
Australia is one of the U.S.’s closest allies, so with friends like these…
Hear the audio footage below: