Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is cleaning up the mess that Donald Trump made.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 2, 2017
After the President angrily hung up on Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, McCain went into damage control mode Thursday morning and called Australia’s ambassador to the United States. He offered his wholehearted apologies and expressed his “unwavering support for the U.S.-Australia alliance”.
It’s not known if he also told the ambassador that everybody in America also realizes Trump is totally bats**t crazy.
McCain said in a written statement, “I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote.”
Gee, that sounds a lot more reasonable than hanging up on the leader of a country who has literally fought on our side in every conflict since World War II. The reaction to Trump’s treatment of the Australian PM was swift and condemning when news broke of the story on Wednesday night.
Someone please tell White House Australia has more troops fighting ISIS in Iraq than any other ally + has fought at our side since WW2
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 2, 2017
Today's bummer: Trump screws up our relationship with Australia, a long-time ally. Our president is an impulsive, bad-tempered idiot.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 2, 2017
— AmnestyInternational (@amnestyusa) February 2, 2017
At the National Prayer Breakfast Trump referenced the story when he spoke about “tough phone calls” he’s been having with world leaders.
“When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having, don’t worry about it. Just don’t worry about it. They’re tough,” he said. “We have to be tough. It’s time we’re gonna be a little tough, folks. We’re taken advantage of by every nation in the world virtually. It’s not gonna happen anymore.”
“We had tremendous success on The Apprentice, and when I ran for president, I had to leave the show. That’s when I knew for sure I was doing it,” he said. “And they hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place. And we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster. And Mark will never, ever bet against Trump again.
“And I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings, O.K.”