White House: US, Australia working together to address NK threats

Carla Harmon
May 6, 2017

Trump's praise for universal healthcare came while meeting the Australian prime minister in NY, where he let loose one of his trademark ill-advised off-the-cuff remarks: "I shouldn't say this to our great gentlemen and my friend from Australia ... cause you have better healthcare than we do".

NY was the scene of several huge demonstrations against Trump in the early days of the Republican's presidency.

Bernie Sanders has mocked Donald Trump after the president praised Australia's universal health care, just hours after Republicans voted to strip millions of Americans of theirs.

"I shouldn't say this to our great gentlemen and my friend from Australia, because you have better healthcare than we do".

Trump's new healthcare plan still has to pass the Senate, and Sanders pledged to quote the president's backing of the Australian system while debating the bill on the Senate floor.

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Mr Turnbull said Mr Trump was different to former president Barack Obama.

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"I have been delighted and honoured to meet each of them".

Mr Turnbull chuckled and said: "Young at heart".

Mr Trump came to power vowing to halt illegal immigrants entering the United States and forcing refugees to undergo extreme vetting. The two leaders discussed the future of the two countries from the perspective of national security and trade to immigration and enhanced economic cooperation.

Trump effectively praised single-payer with his comments.

The World War II fight against Japanese forces forged an alliance that has seen Australia pitch in alongside the United States in every major conflict since.

"Wait a minute", Sanders said as he erupted in laughter. But when everything comes together with the inclusion of Phase 2, we will have truly great healthcare!

During that call, Trump told Turnbull that the agreement would hurt his new administration politically, officials said at the time.

"Got a little testy, got a little bit testy but that's OK".

Mr Trump was seated with Mr Turnbull, Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey, Rupert Murdoch and Anthony Pratt. Di Natale also suggested that Australia reconsider its alliance with the US, particularly with such a "dangerous and deranged president" in charge.

"It was very, very warm — as I said — more family than formal", he added.

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