On Wednesday The Washington Post published an exposé on President Donald Trump's phone etiquette — and it's not that surprising. It seems he talks on the phone very similarly to the way he campaigns or tweets — brusquely, you might say. The only problem here is that he's not talking with just anyone these days. Other world leaders expect him to finish a conversation, but with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, he reportedly cut what was supposed to be an hour-long convo short after 25 minutes. Not good! These 15 "Reasons Trump Hangs Up tweets" might give you an idea of how American foreign policy will look under the new president.
That's not the only troubling part. Trump allegedly told Turnbull that he had spoken with others that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that the Aussie call "was the worst call by far." He also threatened to get rid of a refugee deal with the down-under allies, calling it "dumb" in a post on Twitter on Wednesday evening. However, during a Thursday press briefing, Turnbull reassured the public that the relationship between America and Australia continues to be strong and refused to comment on the details of the conversation.
And this is not an isolated incident. It turns out that in his conversation with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto he may have jokingly threatened to send U.S. troops down south to stop the "bad hombres." Even if it's just a joke, that suggestion is terrifying. Mexico denies that anything negative was said on their call, and Turnbull has tried to paint a glossier picture of his exchange too. These #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp tweets might be all too indicative of our future foreign policy.
1) It Seems Small Hands Aren't Just Problematic For Walls
Phone too heavy, hands too small... #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— RESEARCH RDC (@RDCresearcher) February 2, 2017
Maybe he needs to get a Bluetooth headset, although that would potentially affect the White House's great sound on their beautiful phones.
2) He Introduces Himself As "President"
"Hello, this is President Trump... Stop laughing! I SAID STOP LAUGHING!... WHY DOES EVERYBODY LAUGH WHEN I SAY THAT?" #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) February 2, 2017
Maybe, though, foreign leaders can control themselves better than the general public.
3) There Was One Call That Didn't End Early
Putin: "You hang up..."— CK (@charley_ck14) February 2, 2017
Trump: "No, you hang up..."
Putin: "No, You hang up..."
Trump: "Hee Hee, Love you, bye..."#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp
It's a presidential honeymoon somewhere.
4) He Doesn't Know 1-800-COLLECT
#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Jack Carr (@JackCarrWasHere) February 2, 2017
Mexico refuses to pay for the call.
Mexico wouldn't accept the call anyway.
5) It's Not A Hang Up
It's not a "hang up", it's an "alternative disconnection"#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— 👻I'm Dead Sethsy!👻 (@SethFromThe716) February 2, 2017
Kellyanne Conway will deem it an "alternative disconnection."
6) Some Australian Humor
He's trying to get through on a Telstra number #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Paul Syvret (@PSyvret) February 2, 2017
Evidently Australian phone companies (Telstra is one) have problems too. It's basically "Can you hear me now?" but not for an advertisement.
7) Easier To Get Down Under Humor
He doesn't speak Australian. #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Portmanteau Jones (@SadlyCatless) February 2, 2017
"How's you going, President Trump?" - Turnbull
"I'm not going anywhere and neither are those refugees!" - Trump
"In Australia that means, 'How are you?'" - Turnbull.
8) Bad Aussie Jokes
Get it? Wall, wallaby...
9) Behind Every President Is ...
President Bannon tells him to. #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Sardy Irrele (@SardonicallyBB) February 2, 2017
The man who gets to sit on the National Security Council.
10) It's Not His Preferred Topic
And it's probably the media asking anyway.
11) Someone's Being Frozen Out
Because under him Freedom doesn't ring #ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— President Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) February 2, 2017
Liberty and Justice don't text either.
12) Keeping Reality & Movies Separate
The Australian PM wouldn't set up a meet & greet with Crocodile Dundee.#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Laurie Crosswell 🌞 (@lauriecrosswell) February 2, 2017
That movie is 30 years old and the guy who played Crocodile Dundee is old.
13) More Confusing Down-Under Lingo
#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— Dónde Groovily (@DondeGroovily) February 2, 2017
He thought that "shrimp on the Barbie" was Turnbull making fun of him
He probably assumes everything he doesn't understand is a joke on his behalf, because, well ...
14) The Inauguration Numbers Again
There's probably a really good angle from Sydney of the millions of people.
15) Would He Even Pick Up?
The IRS tells him the audit is done and can now release his tax returns.#ReasonsTrumpHangsUp— justin hulser (@JustinHulser) February 2, 2017
Cutting the IRS' budget so they can't afford to make calls is one way to handle that.
These are just jokes, of course, but diplomacy is no joking matter. Hopefully the newly confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can do some cleanup — and not just with Russia.