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32,065. 1/7/2020


Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 6:44 am

30,876. 11/21/2019

AUSTRALIA/HOSTAGES/PAKISTAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday [11-21-19] to Khan and Ghani days after the Taliban — in exchange for three top Taliban figures — freed American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks in southern Afghanistan. According to a government statement, Khan ‘reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the advancement of Afghan peace and reconciliation process for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.’ In Kabul, Ghani’s office said the Afghan leader briefed Trump on the government’s peace plan and Trump emphasized the need for a peace process owned and inclusive of the Afghan government.”

Associated Press Staff, “Trump Thanks Khan, Ghani for Helping With Hostages’ Release,” The New York Times online, November 21, 2019

28,925. 9/30/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/AUSTRALIA/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call. The White House curbed access to a transcript of the call — which the president made at Mr. Barr’s request — to a small group of aides, one of the officials said. The restriction was unusual and similar to the handling of a July call with the Ukrainian president that is at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Like that call, Mr. Trump’s discussion with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.”

Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner, “Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins,” The New York Times online, September 30, 2019

27,486. 8/15/2019

AUSTRALIA/CHINA/ECONOMY/TRADE WAR/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Australian and New Zealand shares fell sharply on Thursday [8-15-19] as investors sold off equities globally in search of safety after a drop in a U.S. bond yield curve highlighted the risk of recession. The yield on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note briefly fell below the two-year yield, a pattern that is widely seen as an indicator of a looming recession. The inversion, as it is known, last happened in 2007 and proved to be correct when the global financial crisis hit the following year. The S&P/ASX 200 index sank 2.9% to 6,408.1 points, its lowest level since early June. The benchmark had managed a 0.4% gain on Wednesday [8-14-19] after U.S. President Donald Trump delayed tariffs on some Chinese imports, easing some fears over the escalating U.S.-China trade war. Worries of contagion gripped markets, with investors shifting money away from sectors such as financials and mining to the relative safety of gold. Australia has proved in the past to be relatively resistant to global recessions and was one of the few developed economies that escaped the crisis in 2008.”

Nikhil Nainan, “Recession fear grips Australia, NZ stock markets,” Reuters, August 15, 2019 2:50 pm

27,289. 8/8/2019

AUSTRALIA/CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Mike Pompeo, the United States secretary of state, came to Sydney a few days ago and described the American relationship with Australia as an ‘unbreakable alliance.’ I was there, at the State Library of New South Wales, surrounded by Australia’s foreign policy elite (including Malcolm Turnbull). I noticed both Mr. Pompeo’s stiff delivery of his upbeat, prepared remarks and his more comfortable, combative responses in the question-and-answer session. Sitting beside Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, he was most animated when discussing why standing up to Beijing has become a priority for the Trump administration. At one point, his voice slightly raised, he stressed that the American trade war with China was not just about economics…The idea that trade and military power go hand in hand is nothing new in geopolitics, of course. But what emerged there in the library, and throughout Mr. Pompeo’s tour of the region, is an American view of China that encapsulates how the Trump administration views the world: through the lens of having been wronged, for far too long, by far too many.”

Damien Cave, “Australia’s ‘Unbreakable,’ and Worrisome, Alliance,” The New York Times online, August 8, 2019

26,686. 7/18/2019

AUSTRALIA/BORDER/EU/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s approach to migration, which has reshaped American border enforcement with its ‘zero tolerance’ policy, follows a model pioneered by the European Union and Australia — though they may not have pursued it with Mr. Trump’s bombast. Like Mr. Trump’s policies, defined by child-filled detention camps and his extraordinary move to ban nearly all asylum claims at the southern border, this model relies on two strategies to keep migrants and refugees from reaching the border at all: 1) Make the journey so daunting that they will not even attempt it. 2) Enlist poorer countries to detain or expel those who do anyway. That approach, which Europe and Australia have taken to extremes beyond many of Mr. Trump’s policies, was meant to curb record migrant arrivals and the white backlash to them that was upending Western politics. Those arrivals have since declined, and populist revolts cooled. But the lessons of Europe and Australia’s experience may not be so straightforward.”

Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, “Trump’s Immigration Approach Isn’t New: Europe and Australia Went First,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019

26,085. 6/26/2019

AUSTRALIA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned!

Donald Trump,, June 26, 2019 7:02 pm

26,031. 6/26/2019

AUSTRALIA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “United States President Donald Trump has found the one immigration policy more controversial than his own, and endorsed it. Amid heightened media scrutiny over the tragic fate of a father and daughter who died on the US-Mexico border, Trump tweeted pictures of four fliers distributed by the Australian government warning migrants away from attempting to come to the country, adding that “much can be learned!’…As immigration and border protection minister, Morrison in 2013 oversaw the ‘Sovereign Borders’ policy aimed at preventing people smuggling and asylum seekers deaths at sea. While that policy was successful in lowering the number of people arriving in Australia, it achieved this in part by massively expanding the number of people held in offshore detention camps on the Pacific nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. While that policy has become more or less bipartisan consensus in Australia, Morrison has become synonymous with tough immigration policies, often appearing on TV endorsing the campaign slogan ‘Stop the boats.'”

James Griffiths, “Trump says ‘much can be learned’ from Australia’s immigration policy. Migrants subjected to it have set themselves on fire,” CNN Politics,, June 26, 2019 5:43 am

18,147. 8/24/2018

AUSTRALIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. There are no greater friends than the United States and Australia!”

-Donald Trump,, August 24, 2018 7:27 pm

14,965. 4/24/2018

AMBASSADOR/AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is considering sending Adm. Harry Harris to South Korea as its new ambassador, according to two people familiar with the matter, turning to a military man to fill a diplomatic vacancy at a pivotal moment on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harris, currently the head of U.S. Pacific Command, had been tapped as the next ambassador to Australia and would need to go through a fresh vetting process and confirmation hearing before taking up the post in Seoul. The plans were first reported by the Washington Post. The idea to move Adm. Harris from Canberra to Seoul, one of these people said, was made by Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as secretary of state. It is unclear if the president has signed off on the idea, but sending Adm. Harris to South Korea would reassure an ally at a time when close coordination is needed between Washington and Seoul. The post has been vacant since Mr. Trump was sworn in as president in January last year. Marc Knapper, a State Department veteran who has served multiple stints in Seoul and speaks Korean, has served as the acting ambassador for the past 15 months.’

Jonathan Cheng, “Trump Administration Considers Adm. Harris for Seoul Ambassadorship,” The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2018 11:41 pm

14,956. 4/24/2018

AMBASSADOR/AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Adm. Harry Harris, the top US military official overseeing operations across Asia who had been tapped as ambassador to Australia, is likely to be named instead as US ambassador to South Korea, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Moving Harris, who currently serves as commander of US Pacific Command, was Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s idea, ahead of potential talks between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the sources said. One source told CNN that Pompeo has proposed the switch pending Trump’s blessing. Harris’ confirmation hearing to be ambassador to Australia was scheduled for Tuesday [4-24-18] but was postponed.

-Jeremy Herb and Zachary Cohen, “Pompeo wants to switch Australian ambassador pick to South Korea,” CNN Politics,, April 24, 2018 4:57 pm 

13,962. 3/9/2018

AUSTRALIA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Spoke to PM @TurnbullMalcolm of Australia. He is committed to having a very fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship. Working very quickly on a security agreement so we don’t have to impose steel or aluminum tariffs on our ally, the great nation of Australia!”

-Donald Trump,, Mar. 9, 2018 05:48pm

13,937. 3/9/2018

AUSTRALIA/CHINA/JAPAN/SOUTH KOREA/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “From Japan and South Korea to Australia and Europe, officials lined up on Friday [3-9-18] to seek exemptions from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, while Chinese producers called on Beijing to retaliate in kind. … South Korea, the third largest steel exporter to the United States and a strategic ally on the Korean peninsula, called for calm. ‘We should prevent a trade war situation from excessive protectionism, in which the entire world harms each other,’ Trade Minister Paik Un-gyu told a meeting with steelmakers. While carrying a message to Washington to push forward a diplomatic breakthrough over North Korea, South Korea’s national security office chief Chung Eui-yong asked U.S. officials to support Seoul’s request for a waiver, a presidential spokesman said.”

– Robin Emmott, Ruby Lian, Aaron Sheldrick, “U.S. allies line up for exemptions from Trump’s tariffs,” Reuters, Mar. 9, 2018 3:53am

13,933. 3/8/2018

AUSTRALIA/CANADA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEXICO/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/GARY D. COHN: “President Trump defied opposition from his own party and protests from overseas on Thursday [3-8-18] as he signed an order imposing stiff and sweeping new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. But he sought to soften the impact on America’s closest allies with a more flexible plan than originally envisioned. … ‘The actions we are taking today are not a matter of choice, they are a matter of necessity for our security,’ Mr. Trump said in a ceremony at the White House where he officially authorized the tariffs. The president said the measures were taken to address ‘a growing crisis in our steel and aluminum production that threatens the security of our nation and also is bad for us economically and with jobs.’ … ‘We’re going to be very flexible,’ Mr. Trump said as he hosted a morning cabinet meeting several hours before an event to sign the order. ‘At the same time, we have some friends and some enemies where we have been tremendously taken advantage of over the years.’ Mr. Trump said that his tariff order would be tailored to exclude some countries and would give him the authority to raise or lower levies on a country-by-country basis and add or take countries off the list as he deems fit. ‘We’ve been treated so badly over the years by other countries,’ Mr. Trump said during the ceremony. … Mr. Trump indicated that the tariffs would go into effect on Canada and Mexico ‘if we don’t make the deal on Nafta and if we terminate Nafta because they are unable to make a deal that’s fair.’ Mr. Trump singled out Australia as an example of another country that could be excluded, citing the trade surplus that the United States maintains with Australia, … Mr. Trump then suggested that Mr. [Gary D.] Cohn might eventually return to the administration. ‘I have a feeling you’ll be back,’ the president told him. In a teasing voice, he added: ‘I don’t know if I can put him in the same position though. He’s not quite as strong on those tariffs as we want.'”

-Peter Baker and Ana Swanson, “Trump Authorizes Tariffs in Defiance of Allies at Home and Abroad,” The New York Times online, Mar. 8, 2018

13,160. 2/1/2018

AUSTRALIA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on Feb. 23, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.
‘The president and prime minister will discuss a range of shared bilateral, regional, and global priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth, and expanding security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,’ the statement said.
Trump and Turnbull last met in November on the sidelines of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila. The meeting included Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the three leaders discussed trade issues and the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.
The relationship between Trump and Turnbull got off to a rocky start. Trump spoke to Turnbull a few days after the U.S. president took office in January 2017, but Trump broke off what was supposed to be an hour-long conversation after a tense 25 minutes.
The Republican president became irritated that he was expected to honor an agreement made by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to accept 1,250 refugees. In the end, Trump decided to honor the agreement.
Trump and Turnbull apparently smoothed over their differences in a face-to-face meeting in New York in May, with Trump declaring they ‘get along great.’ “

-Reuters Staff, “Trump will host Australian PM Turnbull at White House on February 23,” Reuters, Feb. 1, 2018 06:13pm

12,969. 1/23/2018

AUSTRALIA/FOREIGN POLICY/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “They were the asylum seekers Australia rejected, and President Trump resisted: the men stuck on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea because of Australia’s offshore detention policy.
Now 58 of them are on their way to the United States, boarding flights on Tuesday [1-23-18], according to American officials and asylum seekers on Manus. Forty more are expected to leave soon, along with 130 refugees from another detention center on the island of Nauru. They are all part of an agreement that Mr. Trump called a ‘dumb deal’ forged by President Barack Obama, now accelerating after months of secrecy, delays and conflict on Manus… They were all vetted extensively by American officials who conducted background checks and interviews, and they range in age and educational background. Many of them learned English while detained on Manus, and they are the third and largest group to have left Manus since Mr. Trump took office.
A few months ago, 54 refugees from Manus were resettled in various parts of the United States.
American officials in Australia have been saying for months that they were proceeding cautiously and deliberately, and the plan for the men who left Tuesday has been in the works for months.”

-Damien Cave, “Why the U.S. Is Taking 58 Refugees in a Deal Trump Called ‘Dumb’,” The New York Times online, Jan. 23, 2018

10,269. 9/20/2017

AUSTRALIA/IMMIGRATION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The first refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centers will soon arrive in the U.S. under a resettlement deal that President Donald Trump blasted as ‘dumb,’ before his administration reluctantly agreed to honor it.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said about 50 refugees from Australian-backed detention camps in the South Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru would receive confirmation letters under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in coming days.
The U.S. State Department confirmed Wednesday [9-19-17] that 54 refugees had been given approval. ‘All refugees approved for travel to the United States from Nauru and Papua New Guinea have passed the same stringent vetting processes that apply to all refugees considered for admission to the United States, and any individual not deemed to have met our vetting requirements will not be admitted to the U.S.,’ a State official said.
Mr. Dutton said decisions on some 1,200 other refugees were expected ‘in due course.’
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was up to the U.S. to decide how many people were accepted under the ‘extreme vetting’ processes ordered by Mr. Trump. ‘President Trump had some reservations about it to say the least, but nonetheless, he is honoring that commitment made by his predecessor,’ he said on Australian television Wednesday.”

-Rob Taylor, “First Refugees Off to U.S. in Deal That Triggered Trump Tirade,” The Wall Street Journal online, Sept. 20, 2017 02:41am

6,375. 2/3/2017

AUSTRALIA/FAKE NEWS/MEDIA: “Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!”

 – Donald Trump,, Feb. 3, 2017 06:34am

501. 9/21/2011

AUSTRALIA: “Australia is a beautiful country with terrific people who love America.” [2:27:40 PM]

 – Donald Trump,,, Sept. 21, 2011 02:27pm

492. 9/19/2011

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: “I am increasingly concerned with the UN’s ploy against @Israel this coming week and will monitor all events closely from Australia.” [11:15:14 AM]

 – Donald Trump,,, Sept. 19, 2011 11:15am