I know a lot of people who are currently really angry with the current Australian Prime Minister. They are disgusted with his behaviour and how he seemingly supports Mr. Trump. When Mr. Trump was elected, Malcolm Turnbull was one of the very few leaders who didn’t seem to object to the controversial American candidate. Since then he has quietly gone along with whatever Mr. Trump has said and done. Meanwhile, European leaders especially, have started to cry out and say how similar Mr. Trump’s actions are to that of Hitler, pre-world war two.
Now, Australian citizens, for the majority, are not very happy with how Malcolm Turnbull has decided to sit, in regards to Mr. Trump, however, they are missing a vital point. Malcolm Turnbull recently voiced to the press that if Mr. Trump were to do or say anything untoward, he would speak quietly to him, as friends would. While many Australians recoil at ‘friend’ and ‘Trump’ being in the same sentence, what they fail to realise is this: Australia is a lonely island all the way at the bottom of the world, with little to no protection. Standing up and disgracing such a powerful and dangerous leader as much of Europe is doing, is not an option. European countries have close allies to help out of a sticky situation, if one were to arise. By the time help arrived in Australia, it may be too late, since the closest nation to us is America.
So, in reality, Malcolm Turnbull may have Australia’s best interests at heart. By keeping relations cordial, he ensures a safety net for Australia, in case things do go a little haywire down the road. Although with a volatile president like Mr. Trump, I’m not sure how much good a safety net will be.
Maybe we should all just appreciate that politicians, especially now, sit on a precarious position and there are many, many rules that are too easily broken. It’s hard to understand and judge a person and their actions from so far away. We have just got to trust that our leader will do the right thing, after all they love their country as well. It’s usually the case that we see only the bad they’ve done, rather than the good. And unfortunately, sometimes to achieve a successful outcome, a few bad things have to be done as well. Before you speak, think honestly; how would you rule the country in their place?

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