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What next for US-Australian ties after Malcolm Turnbull mocks Donald Trump?

In the leaked video, Australian PM roasted US President Donald Trump with a tongue-in-cheek speech

Kevin Rennie | Global Voices 

Malcolm Turnbull with deputy leader Julie Bishop comments after an Australian Liberal Party meeting where he has been elected at the new party leader  at Parliament House in Canberra
Malcolm Turnbull

As has been widely reported, Australia's Prime Minister recently lampooned Donald Trump in a stand-up performance at Canberra's Midwinter Ball. The ball is the Aussie equivalent of the White House correspondents dinner that Trump boycotted this year, except that proceedings are supposed to be confidential.

The pair had a bumpy start to their relationship. A phone call in late January between the two was far from harmonious with Trump extremely critical of a deal negotiated with the He allegedly told the PM that it was “the worst call by far” to a world leader and tweeted:

His administration eventually agreed to implement the agreement. seekers are currently being assessed with extreme vetting.

Audio of the send-up was leaked by veteran Australian political journalist Laurie Oakes. He argued that he did not feel obliged to follow the “off-the-record tradition” as he did not attend the event and thinks the ban is inappropriate. The Guardian's Katharine Murphy agrees:

Turnbull's routine involves some impersonation of the president complete with gestures. Politicususa summarised the script:

“The Donald and I … we are winning and winning in the We are winning so much We are winning like we have never done before. We are winning in the We are. Not the fake Not the fake They’re the ones we are not winning in. We are winning in the real You know the online They are so easy to win. I know that, do you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this guy..”

Social media reaction was mixed. @tom_clift had a round up of Twitter responses for Oz pop culture website Junkee:

John Wren, an anonymous tweep, was one of many Australians on Twitter who mocked Americans’ supposed ignorance of the world:

There were a number of positive comments about Turnbull such as Alex's:

Perhaps it was a storm in a champagne glass as the Donald seems not to have taken the bait according to the embassy in Canberra: