Obama Tells Australian Prime Minister Turnbull Not To Keep Him In The Dark: “Let Us Know Next Time.”

Posted on Thu 11/19/2015 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

A reprimand:

President Barack Obama has asked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to keep the United States in the loop from now on following dismay in Washington about the U.S. not being consulted about the decision to allow a Chinese company with alleged links to the People’s Liberation Army to lease the Port of Darwin in The Northern Territory.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with President Barack Obama.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with President Barack Obama.

During the 90-minute meeting between the leaders in Manila, Mr Obama said he understood Australia’s relationship with China and its role in the region but, according to sources, said Washington should have been given a “heads up about these sorts of things”.

“Let us know next time,” he was quoted as saying.

In what sources said was a friendly conversation, Mr Obama told Mr Turnbull the U.S. found out about the deal by reading it in the New York Times. Mr Turnbull joked that the President needed to subscribe to the colourful tabloid, The NT News.

Of course “sources” would say it was friendly.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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