Bill English is like a little boy, waiting for his approval

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Bill English is suffering the fallout of Rogue McCully putting New Zealand on the wrong side of history.

Bill English is still waiting for his first phone call from US President Donald Trump – but at least he has a letter.

“I received a letter from President Trump on the occasion of Waitangi Day,” said the Prime Minister yesterday.

“I look forward to the two of us talking by phone soon.”

A spokesman said the letter acknowledged Waitangi Day and the close relationship between New Zealand and the US.

English may be having mixed feelings about the phone call, after reports yesterday that Trump ripped into his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

The Washington Post reported Trump abruptly ended the call halfway and described it as the “worst call by far” out of five that day, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump had reportedly boasted about his election win and objected to Turnbull pushing him to honour an agreement to take 1250 refugees from Nauru and Manus.

Trump, who has suspended refugee processing to the US, was reported as saying he was “going to get killed” politically and that Australia was trying to export “the next Boston bombers”.

Turnbull has refused to comment on the reports, but has said Trump agreed to honour the refugee agreement.

The reports paint a very different picture of Trump from his first call to Turnbull, according to Herald editorial writer and Key biographer John Roughan.

Former Prime Minister John Key spoke of a conversation he had with Turnbull to Roughan for an updated edition of the biography John Key – Portrait of a Prime Minister, which is due for release next week.

English will be scolded like a little boy.   Far from suggesting that we should do whatever America needs us to do, it is clear that the deep betrayal of Israel during the Obama/Kerry/McCully UNSC back stab will, as I said from day 1, come home to roost.

By the time New Zealand sides with Islamic regimes against Israel and the US, I think it’s time we review what the hell we’re doing, don’t you?


-Claire Trevett, NZ Herald

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