Relations warm between U.S. and Australia

Kristopher Drake
May 10, 2017

Seconds after praising his party's efforts to pass a new health-care bill that estimates said would leave millions uninsured, President Donald Trump praised Australia's government-funded universal heath-care system.

The president shocked and astonished citizens after he drew a comparison praising Australia during his meeting with Malcolm Turnbull, the nation's prime minister, only hours following the repeal of portions of Obamacare.

The meeting happened nearly three hours late after Mr Trump postponed it to remain in Washington while a bill to overturn much of former president Barack Obama's signature healthcare law passed the House of Representatives, a move further away from a guarantee of universal coverage.

"Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do -everybody does".

Instead, the majority of healthcare providers are privately run and health insurance can be purchased to use them.

"Wait a minute Chris, the president has just said it".

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.


Prime Minister Turnbull, who spoke about his meeting with President Trump on Friday, indicated that there was a major turn in the relationship between the two men.

Trump met Malcolm Turnbull Thursday night in NY and addressed the rumors of bad blood between the two leaders. "You've flown over halfway across the world, he's stuck in some waiting room in NY and he's been snubbed by the president of the U.S".

President Trump declared Friday that "everybody" on the world stage has better health care than the United States, but suggested that the GOP's health care plan will change that.

He first told reporters at the Battle of the Coral Sea event the call was great, and Mr Turnbull agreed. "I'll be sure to quote you on the floor of the Senate", Sen.

President Donald Trump has a way with words, you could say: he's especially skilled at inadvertently blurting out opinions on subjects he apparently knows nothing about. "Yes, Mr. Trump, the Australian health care system is a lot better than ours and infinitely better than the disastrous bill you supported", the senator wrote in a separate tweet posted along with an illustration showing a majority of countries offer universal health care. Australians can also buy private health insurance, which covers private hospitals, specialists and other health services.

"Let's take a look at the Australian healthcare system".

Trump said for almost a century Americans and Australians have "fought together, bled together". House Republicans cheered yesterday as they secured the 217-213 victory.

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