Trump praised Australia's universal healthcare system - Bernie Sanders had a hilarious reaction

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 5, 2017

Mr Turnbull described what a great victory it was for the allies, with Mr Trump nodding in agreement.

"I shouldn't say this to our great gentlemen and my friend from Australia. cause you have better healthcare than we do". "It got a little bit testy".

Wearing black-tie tuxedos as they prepared to attend a dinner together, the two leaders met on board the USS Intrepid, a World War Two aircraft carrier that is now a museum, moored on Manhattan's West Side. The meeting took place Thursday before a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

"Big day", Trump told Turnbull. The Republican president became irritated that he was expected to honor an agreement made by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to accept 1,250 refugees.

The conversation made headlines, and Mr Trump later tweeted about the "dumb deal". The call aroused criticism and raised questions about his diplomatic skills.

The president's visit will also bring protests to Manhattan's streets.

Under the Obama-era refugee resettlement agreement with Australia, the US agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees - mostly Muslims from Africa, the Middle East and Asia - that Australia houses in immigration camps on the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Trump, savouring "an unbelievable victory", joined jubilant Republicans at the White House for a hastily called press conference to exult in the passage of their replacement health care bill, which squeaked by the House 217-213.

"We get along great".

President Donald Trump is touting what he calls his "fantastic relationship" with Australia despite an earlier contentious phone call with its prime minister.

However, during their meeting on Thursday, Turnbull said: "We can put the refugee deal behind you and move on", reports The New York Times. Trump said the refugee deal had been "worked out for a long time" and that reporters had exaggerated the phone call.

"We're not babies", the president said. "Young at heart", added Turnbull. But Vice President Mike Pence assured Turnbull during a visit to Australia last month that the Trump administration will reluctantly honor the agreement. One such friend, pro golfer Greg Norman, was among the attendees at the Intrepid dinner.

The ties between the US and Australia were reinforced during the Battle of the Coral Sea, when both countries' warships and fighter planes battled the Japanese from May 4-8 1942, forcing the Japanese navy to retreat for the first time in the war.

A few hundred protesters lined up Thursday along Manhattan's West Side Highway to jeer Donald Trump's motorcade as he made his first trip home to NY since becoming president of the United States.

Trump paid tribute to the heroism of the battle's veterans and also pointed to the Intrepid, which survived being hit by four separate Japanese kamikaze attacks during the war, as a need for the U.S.to keep its military strong and pledged that he would continue to boost defense spending.

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