Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was caught poking fun at President Donald Trump during a recent speech at the Australian Parliament’s yearly Midwinter Ball. The event is reportedly comparable to the US White House Correspondents Dinner—rife with politicians, advisers and the media. However, there is one, little difference: while in the US, our president’s speech is widely publicized; in Australia, this is not so. The prime minister’s speech at the Midwinter Ball is generally kept under wraps and “off the record.”
Except, of course, for this year.
In the leaked audio of Turnbull’s speech, he clearly began mocking Trump. “The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much! We are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls. We are! Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in. We’re winning in the real polls,” he said, imitating the president.
Turnbull continued along and moved onto making a joke about the Trump-Russia collusion allegations and said, “You know the online polls. [T]hey are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy. Believe me, it’s true, it is true.”
Even though Turnbull maintains his jeers at President Trump were “good-natured” and purely in jest, he has also expressed that he found the leaking of his so-called speech to be “disappointing.”
In the age of the Internet, you’d think people would realize by now that virtually nothing is secret anymore—especially if you’re in politics.
Sources say Turnbull and Trump had only just gotten back on good terms after a spat over the phone involving the US-Australian refugee deal. Will this little charade put a crimp in their newly repaired relationship?