Most Australians realise we’re not big players on the world stage but a lot of Australians probably don’t like Donald Trump very much either. So they wouldn’t have been happy with this picture. Malcolm reaching across to shake hands with a rather smug looking Donald PG Trump.
Perhaps there was just a little too much grovelling, too much bending over backwards, too much wanting to be liked.
Malcolm, perhaps you should be saying to the US: “We might be smaller players on the world stage, but we punch well above our weight. When it comes to allies in the Pacific, we’re one of the more reliable. When it comes to supporting US policies in the Middle East, we’re also one of the more reliable too. So next time there’s a dinner appointment, try to turn up on time.”