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Australia supports Trump. How does that make you feel?

By now, US President Donald Trump’s executive order denying entry into the US of an wide selection of people, including Australians with dual citizenship, is common knowledge, but here’s an excellent link in case you want to catch up.

World leaders expressed dismay at Trump’s “Muslim ban” and two of the countries on Trump’s List of Seven, Iraq and Iran, have retaliated by denying visas to US citizens.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, when asked to outline our position on the US crisis responded thus:

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the government would continue to work closely with the Trump administration to implement “strong border policies”. She said: “We share a common view on many issues so we will continue to work very closely with the Trump administration,” adding: “The very best days of the Australia-US relationship lie ahead.”

Take a few moments to think about this statement. Let it sink in, remembering events underway in the US right now.

No refugee from any of the banned countries has ever perpetrated an act of terror in the US. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia supplied the majority of the 9/11 attackers and is strangely absent from the list, as are other Muslim countries in which Trump has financial interests.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thus far made no comment at all on the deepening crisis in the US. He has assured us that Trump will honour his commitment to take the refugees from Manus Island and Nauru off our hands. In other words, Trump has agreed to save the ugly racist faces of the Australian politicians that so closely mirror his own.

Turnbull has not revealed the price Australia will pay for Trump’s magnanimity. Neither has he explained why, when Trump is committed to the protection of his own borders to the extent that he has defied judicial orders and in so doing has provoked a constitutional crisis, the President is willing to take our refugees, many of whom come from some of the countries on Trump’s List of Seven.

The Turnbull government supports Donald Trump. How does that make you feel?

This article was originally published on No Place For Sheep.



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  1. Florence nee Fedup

    PM hasn’t the guts as Bishop and Morrison to say he supports Trump.

  2. Keitha Granville

    How do I feel ? Very let down. Angry, disillusioned, totally frustrated, not yet suicidal.

  3. 1petermcc

    I worry for our Service men and women. Encouraging Donald is a very bad idea when it comes to stability in our region and having a lap dog as PM is no protection at all.

    I remember the pathetic performance from the Conservatives when the previous holder of America’s Dumbest President visited Parliament. They physically pushed and shoved each other for the chance to touch the garments worn by George Dubya. Incidentally, he would still be holding that title if the orange man with bad hair hadn’t secured the Republican nomination.

  4. Jaquix

    Disgusted. Trump is the terrorist. This ban of his is terrorising countless innocent human beings. He is terrorising the victims of terrorists, and not making a jot of difference to the ISL terrorists. Yet he sits there smugly in front of 100 cameras saying, “This is working nicely”. Has there ever been a president whose every signature has been photographed? Every phone call photographed? (supposedly). Trump is having a ball, the power he craves will be thrilling for him. Those who say he’s mad, have never met (or recognised) a very narcisstic person before. He is at the extreme end of course, and now has the job of his dreams, but he is not mad in the sense of being insane.

  5. David1

    Thats the reply I would expect from the Foreign Minister imposter Bishop. Already her disastrous colleague Morrison has expressed delight that Trump is following in the footsteps regarding Asylum Seekers as the Australian regime. Treasurer Scott Morrison compared Mr Trump’s executive orders to his actions as immigration minister shortly after the 2013 federal election.

    “The rest of the world is catching up to us’ he said. Morrison delighted in inflicting misery through evil detentions on Manus and Nauru and Bishop opts for the same song with variation.
    This Tory Govt is rotten to the core and they are in good company with Trump. A pox on the lot of them.

  6. James O'Neill

    What I would like to know, and what is conspicuously lacking from reports on the agreement by Trump to take some of the refugees from Manus and Nauru, is what are the terms of the agreement? It would not be unreasonable to assume that Turnbull gave some quid pro quo for having his miserable hide rescued again. Why won’t they tell us?

  7. Kate Ahearne

    Thanks, Jennifer. How do I feel? Awful. And I wonder – How does Indonesia, our enormous, overwhelming Muslim near neighbour feel?

  8. Jennifer Wilson

    Kate, I wonder how Muslims in this country feel, hearing the PM and his ministers congratulate Trump on “catching up” to us. It must be very frightening to know the government of the country you live in feels that way about you.

  9. Wayne Turner

    We pathetically suck up to whoever the American President is.We even follow them into stupid wars.We have no standards,and plenty of sucking up ability.

  10. Kronomex

    Some of Australia supports The Donald; the LNP, One Nation and rabid “christians” (just to name a few) and, no doubt, some corporate interests. The ultimate crawling, gutless, and desperate to hang on to his “power”, Malfeasance Turncoat, is going to do nothing to upset his paper thin hold of the reigns of power. Sickening! Bishop is just as sickening as well.

    Scummbag Moronson is starting to become a broken record with his excuses to try and keep negative gearing in the hands of the rich, investors and politicians, on all sides, and away from scrutiny. Don’t forget folks that we still have 2 1/2 years of these bastards in power!

    I’m becoming more convinced that The Donald (and with any luck Turncoat) may not even make it to the end of this year before being removed. We can only hope.

  11. Steve Laing -

    Well ISIS must be thinking all of their Christmases have come at once. Trump seems determined to be like Tony Abbott – I truly believe he is goading terror groups to attack in order that he has the excuse to attack back, much like Dubya did (with catastrophic outcomes for the Middle East). And Morrisson and Bishop? Well, what did you expect. These two have always been suckholes, happy to tag onto anyone whom they think will wield them more influence. But good luck with that. The only Australians that really think Trump is sane and sensible are One Nation voters, and a good number of them are temporarily a lost cause.

  12. passum2013

    its very easy fixed just Dump Trump have a Nation Wide Strike Every one in the So called United States of America and their Territories

  13. Phil

    Morrison is treasurer (well, that his title but he hasn’t a clue) and on his pet radio outlet he grovels at the feet of Trump on the Muslim ban – funny that, seeing as when asked on the very same Muslim ban Turnbull says it’s not for him to comment on another nation’s domestic policy. Bishop is a waste of space, time and money – a rank amateur putting Australian national interests at enormous risk.

    Surely there has never been such an incompetent, stupid and disorganised government in our short history.

    Why oh why won’t Murdoch just keel over and die? It’s his mainstream media that allows the Turnbull government to survive despite its criminal incompetence.

  14. Ella Miller

    I have just watched the so called PM , Dutton looking like scalded cat, Morrison smirking…. Bishop carping….and I am sickened.
    How can we as one let them know that we do not support them?
    How is all this bull dust going to make our borders more secure?
    I would have thought that this kind of talk would be like a red flag to a bull…and make us less safe NOT MORE safe.

    So did MT make a deal that if the Trump regime got them out of the pickle in relation to the refugee issue…the LNP would go against world opinion and support this disgrace? What else don’t we know about the “deal”?

    I am so sickened we are nothing more than puppets to be played by the political class…sickening!

  15. Roswell

    Some political commentators have suggested that this position by the government was an act to wedge Labor (which I didn’t believe, as this is too big an issue to play politics over).

    Nonetheless, they have been proven wrong as Shorten has condemned the Trump Administration over the ban.

    No wedge.

    Thank you, Bill.

  16. Akita

    No. “Australia” does not support Trump. The Liberal-National Party supports Trump. Big difference.

  17. totaram

    Phil: This govt is doing what Rupert and his “gang” have asked for all along. What is so incompetent? I’ll tell you. It’s the fact that they cannot implement all the 100 points on the IPA wish-list. I know it’s a hard ask and Rupert knows it too. But as long as they are travelling on the right road, what is the problem?

  18. stephengb2014

    I think the world is entering the final destination of the neoliberal era. This is the self destructive nature of the so called free market.

    It will signal in a new age of modern money, removing the need for Left or Rightt politics only good government

    Anyway its my hope


  19. helvityni

    I’m worried about those asylum seekers, they are found suitable, yet here they are again, unsure about their future, at the mercy of fickle Trump…
    Why go through this silly process that most likely will end up as a disaster for them. Let’s accept then Australia.

  20. Fee

    Appeasement didn’t work in the 1930’s & it won’t work now. The statement of Turnbulls is a stark reminder of Chamberlains “Peace in our time”, & didn’t that end well?!!!!

  21. wam

    nice to see you agreeing with hanson who this morning on sunrise questioned why trump would take any of our boat boys without a quid pro quo. She asked for trunbull to explain the deal.

    ip – not many of the military and paramilitary service men and women disagree with trump’s order. Indeed many Australians would agree with not allowing moslems, not just from those countries listed, but any moslems at all to fly into Australia.

    There is 9/11 evidence to ban Saudis but can there be any rational for such a total ban?.

  22. Alan Baird

    We must do our best to support our fine govt and suck up to Donald as much as they do. We must NEVER say anything negative about the Pres as he can be quite er… thin skinned (is that too extreme to say?) and if he should favour our land with a visit we should keep all his indiscretions quiet. Above all, we should request to be picked first to assist on any war, should he change his mind, which could happen at any juncture. We must stay economically extremely conservative and align ourselves with US, especially in the privatisation of all govt functions. All the above eyewash is EXACTLY what really is the state of play, no matter how crazy it seems. I hope that Labor does NOT go the “small target” way of recent history and go to water when leaned on by the US. I always found New Zealand’s attitude to our “great and powerful friends” gained more respect than our cringing forelock tugging.

  23. Aytakk

    There are alt-right supporters in Australia who are pro Trump yet anti Abbott/LNP/Turnbull. They can’t see the hypocrisy of this.

  24. paulwalter

    I’ve felt nauseated and angry, at what the country has been let in for by this abject cognitive fellatio by a spineless grub for the benefit of a harsh braggart.

    I’m half way toward understanding what it must feel like to be a whore at the moment.

  25. paulwalter

    Turnbull repulses me and I ran of words to express how I feel about Bishop years ago.

  26. ozibody

    As I see it , (Mr. ) M. Turnbull has managed to simply ,with Trump’s assistance , ‘ kick the can up the road ‘ … by about 6 months.

    Out of sight , and mind , where it can lurk until overshadowed by other ‘ current ‘ distractions ! ….. One wonders how much of Pine Gap he’s signed away in the interim ? … Which Trump will claim regardless of outcome !

    His ‘Trump Whisperer ‘ content is not for discussion with the Australian Constituency ! ….. who went to the polls just 6 months ago, where he scored a majority of ONE ! ….. Come On !

    Seriously, are we not being treated with CONTEMPT here?

    Would we allow Bill. Shorten to treat us in this fashion ( were He P.M ) ? ….. that’s if we could get a word in , over the din of the neo-con opposition !

  27. Florence nee Fedup

    Could it be Trump that has wedged Turnbull? Turnbull didn’t look like he enjoyed the PC today. Body language , looks he gave Dutton, presented very unhappy man. I wonder why?

  28. paulwalter

    Yes Florence nee Fedup. He has likely made a Faustian pact the nature of which the rest us of will only discover over time.

  29. Terry2

    The refugee swap deal with Obama, now evidently endorsed by Trump , was only ever attractive to the Americans as a quid pro quo if they could get a greater benefit out of it than the concession they were making.

    I think you will find, when the facts are finally revealed, that we have agreed to a two for one swap with the folk held on Costa Rica. That is the only basis that the USA would have accepted and that makes any sense; why else would America even consider taking in people that we ourselves will not accommodate ?

  30. helvityni

    The Coalition does not treat asylum seekers as human beings; paying big money for Cambodia to take them, now this totally strange deal with America….

  31. Tec10

    I am totally disgusted that LNP politicians are supporting this megalomaniac that is (currently) the POTUS! What a bunch of crawlers Turnbull, Bishop and Morrison are. It’s my genuine opinion that they should all be jailed for treason, if they support this moron running the USA! The message they are sending to everyone in this country is that they don’t care about racial and religious discrimination, nor do they care about what the majority of Australians think of the idiot in power in the USA! It’s time the people of Australia united against this kind of behaviour from our elected (cough) leaders ( couch again) and start having a voice against this kind of backward thinking.

  32. Kate Ahearne

    Tec10, Elegantly put!

  33. Ian Berry

    TurnBULL and tribe are really showing their true colours now. A crawling, snivelling bunch you would have to go a long way to find.
    You can disagree with political parties but this mob make me ashamed to call them our government hopefully with their 1 seat majority they will trip up and we can have a crack at electing a new Government that we can respect.

  34. 1petermcc

    Great link jimhaz. Thank you for posting.

  35. Paolo Soprani

    Turnbull – all that money (admittedly socked away in a tax haven), all that prestige, the highest position in the land, all that achievement, all that vanquishing of lesser opponents, all that power. And yet….he just looks so sad, so unhealthy, so defeated, so totally ineffectual, so uninspiring. such a Faustian pact he has entered into. The Buddhists could explain it, I certainly can’t.

  36. Freedom

    I agree. Europe let them in without questions and look how great it’s been for them. Everyone a winner (except the women but… ). In fact, if the US just let whoever wanted to enter do so, well, there wouldn’t be a problem would there. Australia too. No questions asked immigration. What could possibly go wrong…

  37. Needagoodlaugh

    I wonder if they will continue to support Trump and his mates when they have completed their coups d’état. Maybe I’m just being alarmist mentioning a coups d’état but it look all the world like they are taking (or trying to) control of all the central government functions but appointing their own and pushing out or sacking the experienced long term civil servants.

  38. Freedom

    I’m confused. How can a democratically elected government have a coups d’état?

  39. Kate Ahearne

    Freedom, I’m confused, too. Is your name an ‘alt-fact’?

  40. Freedom

    alt-fact? I’m not sure what that means but I do believe in freedom and hope that one day we have it.

  41. Freedom

    I know this is silly but a good way to end the refugee crisis is stop creating refugees…

  42. Kate Ahearne

    Freedom, Now you’re talking!

  43. Freedom

    The U.S. dropped 79 percent of the anti-Islamic State group coalition bombs in Syria and Iraq, totaling 24,287. That figure, along with others analyzed by CFR, is likely lower than the actual number dropped because one airstrike can involved multiple bombs.
    Obama did authorize a troop surge in Afghanistan — a conflict he pledged to end during his campaign — where the U.S. dropped 1,337 bombs in 2016. There are currently 8,400 U.S. troops left in the country, more than Obama initially wanted to keep there at the end of his term. The U.S. only dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015.
    The U.S. also dropped more bombs in Libya in 2016 than it did in 2015. Nearly 500 bombs were dropped in the North African country that has essentially been ungoverned since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. He was captured and killed during the Libyan Civil War, kicked off by the Arab Spring protests that also began the Syrian conflict.

    I’d be worried too.

  44. Freedom

    Drone footage captures devastation in Syria 2016

  45. Freedom

    And in Damascus

  46. Freedom

    I can’t find any info on how many bombs Australia dropped (surprise surprise) and it’s not even our war.

  47. Freedom

    Any comments?

  48. Robyn

    I feel disgusted and ashamed.
    The last time we had a prime minister who was awed by a US president, we entered a war we had no business being in, and we had the Bali bombing.
    It does us no good cozying up to certain US presidents. i.e. war mongers and narcissists.

  49. David1

    Robyn that last time you refer to GW Bush was as sane as you and I compared to the lunatic now taking the US to Lord knows what horror. With Turnbull and his jailers deciding how our Govt is to be run, the destination is a horrific thought.

    Pro nobis, ut Deus. May God help us

  50. nurses1968

    At 30 June 2015, 28.2% of Australia’s estimated resident population (ERP) (6.7 million people) was born overseas [Australian Bureau of Statistics,
    Of these a total of 166,310 individuals born in the listed countries are potentially affected by the U.S. travel/immigration ban by presidential order on 27 January 2017
    Iran 53,510
    Iraq 68,180
    Libya 2,510
    Sudan 23,380
    South Sudan 4,410
    Syria 13,660
    Yemen 660

    When one adds to this an unknown number of Australians who have travelled to these countries since 1 July 2011 and face the possibility of being denied a U.S. tourist or work visa on that basis, the number of Australia citizens and permanent residents potentially affected grows.

  51. Freedom

    nurses1968 if only 0.001 percent of those 166,310 individuals born in the listed countries (who) are potentially affected by the (temporary) U.S. travel/immigration ban by presidential order on 27 January 2017 were terrorists, that’s potentially 166.31 terrorists arriving or in our country. It only allegedly took 17 to blow up the WTC.

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