A taste of the president to come
We have heard that the Malcolm Turnbull has had a conversation with Donald Trump, just as Trump has noted that he spoke to Malcolm as one of the 29 world leaders he had talked with. What was said and the tone of the conversation was not, however, mentioned. This is from David Archibald, in an article he titles News from the Cone of Silence to emphasise what we do not know about what was said.
Our own langorous leader decided to join the good and the great in having a telephone conversation with someone they so recently despised in public. To do so he reprised Maxwell Smart in going to the cone of silence to make the call. In this case it was the ASD crypto-centre in Canberra to make the secure call to the private number of Trump, which had been provided by Joe Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the United States.
Turnbull had the call on speaker. On good report, everyone in the room was surprised when Greg Norman answered the mobile number. Mr Norman patched the call through to President-elect Trump who was not rude but made it plain in telling Turnbull what the new rules were and that Trump would be using Greg Norman as a filter as he would be very busy.
It is important and very interesting that President-elect Trump is said to have said, “Let’s start by you getting your navy up here to take part in Freedom of Navigation patrols, then we can talk about our relationship.”
Apparently Turnbull was somewhat nonplussed and said, “Well, we need to discuss climate change and the TPP…” Trump peremptorily dismissed both issues with “Not a priority, but talk to Greg. He is a great Aussie who has been part of my team for 30-years and he is the advisor I trust.” It was a shock to Turnbull to engage with someone who didn’t want to hear his waffle, as most in this country do far too politely.
The other interesting conclusion is that Hockey is out of the loop with respect to the Trump administration, as someone who is useless and stupid. It is also evident that Trump is aware of the enormous task ahead of him and is not wasting a moment.
Trump is clearly a man who has his eye on the ball, knows what he wants and is not prepared to pussyfoot around with idiots. What a change is in store for us all.