WH: Trump Only 'Complimentary' To Australian PM On Universal Health Care

Cheryl Sanders
May 7, 2017

Turnbull said Trump was different to former US President Barack Obama.

Trump claimed a bad-tempered call with the Australian prime minister early in his White House tenure had been "fake news" that was a "big exaggeration" by the media.

Donald Trump has praised Australia's universal public health care system just moments after celebrating the passage of a bill that could leave millions of Americans without health coverage.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are aiming to put a rocky start behind when they meet for the first time and commemorate the 75th anniversary of an important World War II battle.

The pair got off to a late start Thursday afternoon after Trump delayed his departure for NY in order to hold a White House Rose Garden press conference with Congressional Republicans following the health care bill's vote. Australia's universal health care system, known as Medicare, provides high-quality health care with far more efficiency than the US's. "I'm president! Can you believe it?!"

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "The Australian healthcare system provides healthcare to all of its people at a fraction of the cost than we do", Sanders commented on Twitter.

"But when everything comes together with the inclusion of Phase 2, we will have truly great healthcare!", he added.

Democrats, and more than a handful Republicans, say Trump's health care plan will leave millions of Americans without insurance and raise private costs for those with pre-existing conditions.

A businessman-turned-politician like Trump, Turnbull has said he was "delighted" to meet with the U.S. leader and affirm the relationship. An official working with the Australian government called the President's decision to delay a meeting by a few hours with Turnbull "an incredible snub".

Trump's remarks on Thursday thrilled and amused at least one lawmaker: Vermont Sen.

Mr Trump also described Australia as one of the most lovely places in the world. Sanders, who has previously offered to work with Trump on health care, literally burst into laughter. And Turnbull couldn't help but smirk and laugh at Trump's answer.

Trump hadn't set foot in NY since leaving on January 19 for the inauguration.

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