According to transcripts just released by the Washington Post, a phone conversation between Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Donald Trump in January devolved quickly into harsh personal attacks.
During the tense, 24-minute call, conducted just a few days after the president’s inauguration, Mr. Trump put a strong American ally on the defensive by seemingly using every slanderous insult in his large database of racial slurs.
Here is the unedited transcript of that January 28th call. Please be aware that much of the language used by the Mr. Trump, as is typical when he’s speaking with world leaders (and giving speeches to the Boy Scouts), might be disturbing to young ears and rational Americans:
Turnbull: Good evening, Don.
Trump: Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?
Turnbull: I am doing very well.
Trump: And I guess our friend Greg Norman, he is doing very well, too, that golfing ‘gubba?’
Turnbull: Uh, he is a great mutual friend, yes, but using those offensive terms, Don, isn’t necessary.
Trump: Call me, Mr. President. Well, say hello to him for me, that old ‘skippy poofter.’
Turnbull: Again, sir, no need for that kind of talk. Anyway, I want to congratulate you and Mike Pence on being sworn in now. I know we are both looking to make our relationship which is very strong and intimate, stronger than ever.
Trump: Okay, let’s not go too far with that ‘intimate’ stuff, Malcolm, I’m not gay, you know.
Turnbull: Not what I meant at all, Mr. President. I just believe you and I have similar backgrounds, unusual for politicians, more businessmen, and I look forward to working…