Shorten genius on show again.
Bill Shorten says he will talk to Julie Bishop about the possibility of her becoming Australia’s next ambassador to the US...(to) allow an incoming Labor government to lever off the former Liberal foreign minister’s global network of connections and conservative ties in the US.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for her. She’s a good person and we can’t waste talent."
“....I will certainly be talking to her.”
Conservative ties in the US?
Clinton ties more like.
The headline on the story above, "Julie Bishop angers the Trumps" considerably underplays the damage Bishop's cheap and manufactured shot at the First Lady caused (full story below).
The White House lodged a formal complaint with our Embassy. "Considerable damage control" was needed after the incident.
Julie Bishop the big-noter apparently made the story up. A story that belittled Mrs Trump in Bishop's quest for laughs. And Bill Shorten is seriously considering Bishop as our next Ambassador in Washington?
What a genius choice for Australia.
Here's The Australian's 13 April 2019 story:
Julie Bishop angers the Trumps
Donald Trump and first lady Melania have been angered by comments made by Julie Bishop that Mrs Trump had wrongly identified Ms Bishop as a spouse rather than as Australia’s foreign minister in 2017.
The White House has raised its objection to the comments directly with the Australian embassy in Washington, with one senior US source telling The Weekend Australian that “significant damage control” has been required inside the White House.
Ms Bishop’s public comments, made in Australia last month, offended the President and Mrs Trump and generated considerable anger in the White House because they were seen as condescending towards the first lady.
The incident comes at a sensitive time, with Australia lobbying the Trump administration to grant an exemption for Australia if the President proceeds with his threat to impose a 25 per cent tariff on US imports of automotive parts — a tariff that would devastate local manufacturers.
Speaking at the Adelaide Festival last month, Ms Bishop recounted how, when she met the President and first lady at the UN General Assembly in New York in 2017, Mrs Trump mistook her as a spouse and Ms Bishop’s partner, David Panton, as foreign minister.
She said that after Mr Trump started talking to Mr Panton, Mrs Trump assumed Ms Bishop was the spouse and Mr Panton was foreign minister.
“Melania, standing by, assumed David was the foreign minister and she said to me: ‘Julie, will you be coming to my ladies’ lunch tomorrow?’ And I said ‘No, David’s going to the partners’ lunch’. She thought about that for a while, thinking: ‘Why would Australia’s foreign minister come to the partners’ lunch?’ So this went on for a while until the President explained that I was the foreign minister,” Ms Bishop told an audience at the festival.
Her anecdote was used to highlight the gender assumptions that are made, given the scarcity of women in positions of political power in Australia and abroad.
But her decision to reveal a personal encounter that belittled America’s first family was picked up in the US media, drawing headlines in the New York Magazine. It is unclear whether the offence caused by Ms Bishop’s comments will have any meaningful impact on the US-Australia relationship. Mr Trump is highly sensitive to personal criticism of himself and Mrs Trump.
The Australian embassy in Washington declined to comment. At the same function in Adelaide, Ms Bishop talked about how she and Marise Payne, when they were foreign minister and defence minister respectively, would draw stares and disbelief at international security summits.
“People were quite surprised. They didn’t think that that’s what Australia would have … they thought we were a blokey culture,” she said. Ms Bishop was foreign minister from 2013 to last year and was the first female deputy leader of the Liberal Party.
Australia’s relationship with the Trump administration has improved since it was rocked only days into Mr Trump’s presidency in 2017 by a testy phone call between the President and then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over the Nauru refugee deal.
Thanks to reader Matt for pointing this out!