Trump praises Australia's universal health care system

Asked during a press appearance in NY with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about his "unconventional" presidential tweeting, Trump said, "I've got over 100 million people watching, and social media is the way to go".

The president triggered astonishment and glee by drawing the comparison in Australia's favour during a meeting with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, hours after the House narrowly passed a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare.

Mr Trump held a joint news conference with Mr Turnbull in NY just hours after the House passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. "We have a fantastic relationship, I love Australia, I always have", Trump said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described his relationship with US President Donald Trump as "more family than formal". In Australia and every other major country on Earth, they guarantee healthcare to all people.

"Thank you, Mr. President", Sanders continued. "We'll quote you on the floor of the Senate", Sanders said.

Turnbull was among the first foreign leaders with whom Trump spoke with after taking office on January 20.

"I think it probably puts Trump somewhat on the back foot in dealing with Turnbull, so it may make him a much more amenable dialogue partner when he finally turns up", he said.

Despite the announcement made by Mr Trump and House Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the vote, Obamacare is not dead yet. In fact, Trump has long voiced support for universal health care, even if he hasn't actually pursued it politically.

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"President Trump is right". He said the USA would have "great" health care very soon.

Don't be surprised if Trump's comment ends up in some Sanders speeches.

Donald Trump's approach to most issues is routinely incoherent, but Australia offers a special case.

"Wait a minute ... the president has just said it", Sanders said amid a mountain of laughs.

Several former senior Australian diplomats have also urged Canberra to rethink ties with the United States in light of China's rise.

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull in NY. 'What works in Australia may not work in the United States'.

"It's great to be with you", Mr Trump told the prime minister. Trump, too, said that he enjoyed getting to know Turnbull face to face.

Mr Trump came to power vowing to halt illegal immigrants entering the U.S. and forcing refugees to undergo extreme vetting.

  • Adam Floyd