Kris Sayce – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) –
Ah, the fine art of diplomacy.
Apparently Benjamin Franklin was one of the best. As was Thomas Jefferson.
Their proficiency in speaking French played a part. After all, French was the language of diplomacy.
Today, the language of diplomacy appears to be quite different.
As the Washington Post reports:
‘It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.
‘Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.
‘At one point Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladimir Putin — and that “This was the worst call by far.”’
Hah! That’s how you do diplomacy — Trump-style.
On with the show…
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