Trump Picks a Fight With Australia Over ‘Dumb Deal,’ Internet Goes Mad Max on Him

“Classic Risk’ strategy: invade Australia first,” former “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings writes

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Does Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull think Donald Trump is a drongo? Maybe after this week’s interaction …

What should have been a civilized conversation between two world leaders got heated when President Trump blasted the Australian leader over an agreement forged under President Obama for the U.S. to accept up to 1,250 refugees detained in Australia, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. In addition, senior U.S. officials told the paper that the president bragged about the size of his electoral college victory.

The call should have lasted up to an hour, however President Trump cut it short after just 25 minutes, according to the Post.

Australia has long been an ally to the United States, however Trump told Turnbull that their exchange was the fifth call he’d had that day (including one with Russian leader Putin) and “this was the worst by far,” per the paper

Hours after the Post story broke, Trump took to Twitter to tweet another provocative comment about the longtime ally: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”

And as the Aussies would say, the Twitterverse went off like a frog in a sock.

“Classic Risk’ strategy: invade Australia first,” wrote former “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings.

“Who’d have thought it was possible to blow the US-Australia relationship? It’s childproof. But not Trumpproof,” marveled New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

See some of the most outraged and amusing tweets below.